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Poll: President Obama voters split on deficit

The coalition of voters that gave President Barack Obama a second term splits over how to reduce the deficit, according to a poll released Monday.


A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy. Financial Year

Yet 41 percent who supported the Democratic incumbent want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts. Budget Deficit

Just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit, half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.

“News flash: Paul Krugman,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of Third Way’s social policy and politics programFree Articles, firing a rhetorical shot at the liberal Princeton economist who uses his New York Times column to agitate for more federal spending.

Read more: www.politico.com

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