Previously: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): by “all” I really mean “some” (July 22, 2011)
Senator Roy Blunt (r) repeats republican spin via Twitter, without mentioning the, you know, actual fine print:
@RoyBlunt Senator Roy Blunt
Disappointed Senate Dems ended debate on #CutCapBalance. Nearly 2/3 of US support the bill & Dem-controlled Senate has yet to offer a plan.22 Jul
There is some fine print in the poll Senator Blunt alludes to:
Interviews with 1,009 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on July 18-20, 2011. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or
minus 3 percentage points.
The sample includes 856 interviews among landline respondents and 153 interviews among cell phone respondents.
24. Now I’m going to read you some of the specific proposals for cutting government spending and increasing taxes that have been suggested as part of the discussions on the debt ceiling. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose that proposal as a way to reduce the amount that the government owes.
Cutting federal subsidies to farmers
Favor 31% Oppose 66% No opinion 2%
Cutting pensions and benefits for retired government workers
Favor 30% Oppose 68% No opinion 2%
Cutting defense spending
Favor 47% Oppose 52% No opinion 1%
Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor
Favor 22% Oppose 77%
Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly
Favor 12% Oppose 87% No opinion 1%
Cutting the amount the government spends on Social Security
Favor 16% Oppose 84% No opinion 1%
Increasing the taxes paid by oil and gas companies by ending federal subsidies for those businesses
Favor 73% Oppose 26% No opinion 1%
Increasing the taxes paid by businesses that own private jets
Favor 76% Oppose 23%
Increasing the taxes paid by people who make more than 250 thousand dollars a year
Favor 73% Oppose26%
Those polled want all of the things the republican obstructionists in Congress don’t….
As if we’d expect anything different from Washington lobbyists’ best friend?