Why cutting corporate tax and raising the deficit might not hurt Trump politically

For those who have tracked Republican politics over the past few years, the Trump administration’s proposal to slice the corporate tax rate without worrying about deficits seems like an anathema. … But recent polling bolsters the idea that the move is politically safe for Trump — assuming that he continues […] Read more »

Messages that Appeal to the Center of the Electorate in 2014

Since President Obama took office, Resurgent Republic has closely followed the opinions and intensity of Independent voters. The center of the electorate first stepped away from President Obama during the summer of 2009 due to concerns over the amount of federal spending in the stimulus and budget. Since then the […] Read more »

Deficit Reduction Declines as Policy Priority

For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public. Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago. … As in […] Read more »

In Deficit Debate, Public Resists Cuts in Entitlements and Aid to Poor

As President Obama prepares to sign a bipartisan budget agreement that its proponents describe as a modest step toward addressing the deficit, the public shows little appetite for making some of the spending cuts often discussed as part of a broader “grand bargain” on the budget. The latest national survey […] Read more »

Hey, Pollsters!

Three topics I’d love to know more about: 1. How many people know that Healthcare.gov is Obamacare? Especially the people who actually use it. Also, the associated questions: how many know that it’s the Affordable Care Act, and how many know that there’s more to the ACA than the exchanges? […] Read more »

Is Deficit Panel Already Doomed?

The U.S. budget deficit is worse than ever. Taxes already have been raised, so efforts to narrow the shortfall should focus only on spending. The only fair deal is a straight trade: relief from the cuts under sequestration in return for reductions to entitlements. Yet there’s no incentive for Democrats […] Read more »

Americans Reject by 61% Obama Demand for Clean Debt Vote

Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama’s contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions. Instead, 61 percent say that it’s “right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised even if it risks default,” because Congress lacks spending discipline, according to […] Read more »