Survey Results 2007
September 18, 2007
At Newark Community Day on September 16, Secure Americaís Future Economy (SAFE) invited attendees to express a preference between two basic approaches to averting a fiscal meltdown. Here is how the question was framed:
EXPERTS AGREE THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING/PROMISING BEYOND ITS MEANS; THEY DISAGREE AS TO THE SOLUTION.
WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS COMES CLOSEST TO REFLECTING YOUR VIEW?
(A) IT IS TIME TO SHRINK THE GOVERNMENT, NOT RAISE TAXES.
(B) THE GOVERNMENT IS FINE, TAXES SHOULD BE RAISED.
121 people participated in the survey. Of them, 79% checked option A and 21% checked option B.
The split by gender was 53% female/ 47% male. Female participants indicated an 81%/ 19% preference for option A; male participants chose Option A by a 77%/ 23% margin.
Half of the participants were in the 30-59 age bracket (83% for Option A); 30% were under 30 (74% for Option A); 20% were 60 or older (also 74% for Option A).
Several people declined to participate in the survey on grounds that they did not agree with either of the choices being offered. Illustrative comments: it is not as simple as that, we need to fix the government vs. shrinking it, letís just tax the wealthy, etc.
The questions as worded suggest a stark choice, and SAFE stands by them. The rapidly growing fiscal gap as the baby boomers retire will be far too big to close with a bit of belt tightening and some modest tax increases. In our opinion, the choices will boil down to shrinking the government dramatically or raising taxes to unprecedented levels (probably tanking the economy in the process).
From the survey results, it appears that many people are coming to similar conclusions. Isnít it time that our political leaders got in step?
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Survey participants were invited to register for a $100 prize drawing. SAFE is pleased to announce the lucky winner: Dawn Samis of Bear, Delaware.