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Voters in Iowa, New Hampshire Say Federal Budget Deficit Is No. 1 Issue

Posted By Rob Bluey On December 29, 2011 @ 1:33 pm In Featured,Ongoing Priorities,Scribe | Comments Disabled

New polling data reveals that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire overwhelmingly believe the federal budget deficit [1] is the most important economic issue facing the United States today.

Despite the nation’s persistent high unemployment rate [2], voters in the two early-voting states chose the deficit by wide margins. The CNN/Time/ORC poll [3] was conducted before and after Christmas with 999 registered Republicans in Iowa and a total of 1,508 adults in New Hampshire.

The results, released Wednesday, paint a clear picture about what voters are thinking about heading into 2012. They also send a message to lawmakers in Washington about the need to fix the debt, cut spending and restore prosperity [4].

Economic issues trumped national security and moral issues each state. Voters were then asked this question with the choices randomized: “And, thinking specifically about the economy, which of the following is the most important economic issue facing the country today?” Here’s the breakdown:


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URLs in this post:

[1] federal budget deficit: http://www.heritage.org/issues/budget-and-spending

[2] persistent high unemployment rate: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/12/november-2011-jobs-employment-report

[3] CNN/Time/ORC poll: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/28/cnn-poll-romney-on-top-gingrich-fading-santorum-rising-in-iowa/

[4] fix the debt, cut spending and restore prosperity: http://savingthedream.org/

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