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"Extreme" Language

Resurgent Republic | March 29, 2011

This afternoon, the New York Times reported on a conference call held by Senate Democrats in which they discussed the current spending debate. According to the story, and unaware that the conference call had already begun,  Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered guidance to his fellow Democrats as to how they should label Republican actions to cut federal spending:

“I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said, “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

According to Resurgent Republic's most recent survey, voters support spending cuts even when counter-arguments use extreme language like "slashing" or claim proposed spending cuts are  "too severe and go too far" or "destroy American jobs."

  • 62 percent of voters agree with "Republicans who say we need to cut significant federal spending through the rest of this fiscal year."

  • Voters in all three partisan groups believe the federal deficit is driven by too much spending, not too little revenue: 81 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents, and even 52 percent of Democrats.

  • 61 percent of voters -- including 68 percent of Independents -- believe spending cuts are necessary even when those spending cuts are described in the extreme, such as "slashing funding for important programs like education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and border security."

There's one phrase that voters do not think is extreme: "We have got to stop spending money we don't have."

In case you missed it, our March survey results can be found here.

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