5,000+ Voters speak on debt crisis: Obama doesn't get it


Late Friday afternoon, 7/22/11, the debt-limit talks once again broke down as it seems to all that viewed the press conference that President Obama again moved the goal post. 

Americans appear to be losing assurance in the government according to the latest American Pulse(tm) Survey of 5,280 respondents that was conducted early this week.

Over 5,000 Americans participate in the American Pulse Survey conducted twice a month, and the most recent survey was conducted 7/18/11-7/20/11. The latest results show that Registered Voters have a gloomy outlook on the economy. They are unsure about the debt ceiling, not confident in Social Security and many feel like the American Dream is a thing of the past.

With a balanced budget plan still unlikely to pass both houses of Congress and the president’s veto, Americans appear to be losing assurance in the government, according to the latest American Pulse(tm) Survey of 5,280 respondents. While elected officials work out a compromise to end the current debt crisis, voter sentiment remains dismal:
Debt Ceiling:

Regarding the debt ceiling, 41.1% of Registered Voters think it should be raised only if spending is cut by the same amount. 18.8% say it should be raised no matter what while 18.7% would favor a decrease.

74.6% of Registered Voters are somewhat or very concerned about a potential financial Armageddon. 9.6% are not concerned and 15.8% are neutral.

Voters are unsure what will happen if the debt ceiling isn’t raised-42.4% think the U.S. will default on its payments, 37.5% have faith the government will find a way to pay and 20.1% are unsure.

If payments are prioritized, Voters want to see Social Security benefits (76.9%), Medicare/Medicaid benefits (59.1%) and spending on education (33.9%) taken care of first and paid in full.

Entitlement Programs:

The future of Social Security is not looking good among Voters. Nearly half (45.9%) would rather save/invest their own money for retirement. A majority of Voters ages 18-34 (61.5%) agree.

Government-sponsored programs in general do not fare well, especially when they are funded with taxes. 73.0% would rather shrink the size of government (resulting in fewer programs) than raise taxes in order to fund the government and all its current programs.

Scare Tactic:
President Obama recently said he couldn’t guarantee senior citizens would get their Social Security checks if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
48.2% said this was more a scare tactic than the truth while 35.8% lean towards the truth.

Current Sentiment Among Registered Voters:
Less than half (42.7%) feel the “American Dream” is still alive. 36.6% don’t think it is while 20.7% are not sure.

If allowed to pick a past president to manage the economic situation today, 27.8% would bring back Ronald Reagan, 26.6% would pick Bill Clinton and 8.9% would keep President Obama.

If given the option to live in a decade other than the current one, 72.2% would take the offer. 18.0% would like to live in the 50s, 13.9% would retreat to the 80s and 12.1% would pick the 60s.

This disappointment in the current state of the U.S. will likely affect the vote in 2012. Instead of revving them up, however, it appears the gloomy economy has disheartened Voters. Less than half (48.7%) are somewhat or very excited to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election. Excitement is higher for the Republican Party (60.5%), flat among Democrats (48.5%) and much lower for Independents (38.2%).

(source: The American Pulse(tm) Survey is collected online by BIGresearch(r) twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI’s U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 5,280 respondents participated in the 2nd July American Pulse conducted 7/18-7/20/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.4%. BIGinsight.com)

 RBR-TVBR observation: It seems to many that viewed the press conference that President Obama again moved the goal post.

House Speaker John A. Boehner called a time out because there are strong differences on where the country needs to pointed to resolve our crisis and how to resolve it.

Let’s face it – every American has been suffering since Obama has taken office – any person with common sense knows it – sees it – and feels it.

The President’s press conference showed all American’s that he just can not handle the pressure and for one reason: ‘Lack of experience’.  RBR-TVBR viewed both press conferences after the talks broke off and our President was not Presidential. 

Seems when there is no crisis the President creates one or seems his MO is ‘Never Miss a Good Crisis’ and if there is not one then ‘Create One’. Which to us that is again what Obama is doing  – Creating a Crisis with scare tactics. The scare tatics continue and recognized by voters (see the research above again).

The last time we checked the President and Congress take the same oath of office – in part: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States…and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” So Mr. President and Congress how about doing the job that you will  faithfully discharge the duties of the office. 

On all so called polls – RBR-TVBR sees all the polls, which politicians live by.  The majority of these polls are conducted with a very small sample base.

This is why RBR-TVBR turned to the currernt American Pulse Survey – the sample base is solid with over 5,000 Americans tallied.  NOTE: if you have a comment Now is the time to Post below. Let your voice be heard!

RBR-TVBR recommendation to all media outlets and those on the Hill – pay attention to this survey.

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