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  •  If this PEW poll is right we are in trouble... (5+ / 0-)

    ...because 67% of Democrats (and 84% of Republicans) think that reducing the deficit is a priority.

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    Unless it becomes clear that doing only that will plunge the economy into a second dip of "great" recession it will probably happen.

    On the other hand if jobs are given priority (Dems support this 84% and Repubs 77%) we may have a chance.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:33:19 PM PST

    •  Pew is wrong, CNN poll says the opposite (2+ / 0-)
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      from my comment above, CNN's poll from Jan. 14-15 shows the number one priority is economy - 46% of Americans.  

      The deficit/fiscal cliff wars have been covered less in the media, leaving voters to focus more on their own personal needs and opinions as opposed to what the GOP tells them they should be worried about.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:05:21 PM PST

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    •  This is a silly poll (3+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, Eric Nelson, Odysseus

      Instead of asking people to rank priorities, it asked them to list all of them regardless of order. But even then, people still want to protect entitlements and improve education more than lower the deficit.

      This is one area where public opinion should be taken with a grain of salt, because the public tends to want contradictory things when it comes to spending. You can't do all the things it wants to do.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:08:46 PM PST

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