Poll: Government Profligacy A Key Issue In Midterm Elections
October 4, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Politicians on both sides are trying to figure out what issues matter most to the American people this election season. Unsurprisingly, a recent survey has found that the economic situation and government spending top many voters' list of concerns this year.
A 10-state poll, sponsored by Public Notice — a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that analyzes the effects of public policy on Americans' financial well-being — found that 71 percent of prospective voters believe government spending is excessive.
Moreover, nearly 65 percent admit that this will be a key consideration when they decide how to cast their ballot this November.
"It's not just the economy people are so upset about, it's the spending" said Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice.
She added that as a result of "all of the waste, the irresponsible choices, the lack of accountability from those in Washington [it] looks like [voters are] finally fed up."
Hamel also pointed out that because the concern appears to be independent of party affiliation — as 87 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Independents and 42 percent of Democrats expressed this sentiment — excessive government spending is becoming a personal issue for many Americans.