Sheboygan Shenanigans runs a press release from the MacIver Institute regarding a poll conducted by Gene Ulm:
By overwhelming numbers, Wisconsinites think state government should cut spending rather than raise taxes to close the state’s nearly six billion dollar budget deficit according to a new statewide survey conducted for the MacIver Institute for Public Policy.
“Wisconsinites of every political stripe are united in their belief that less spending is the best way to cut the deficit,” said pollster Gene Ulm. “They oppose by a more than three to one margin the Governor’s plan to increase spending by eight percent in the next state budget. The people of Wisconsin believe state government should follow their lead and cut back in these tight times.”
According to Ulm, 83% of the people polled believe the best way to cut the deficit is to cut spending. Only 15% believe the state should focus on raising taxes to help balance the budget. In addition, 75% of the people polled oppose the Governor’s plan to increase the state budget by nearly eight percent, while only 22% thought that was a good idea. The MacIver poll of 500 likely voters in Wisconsin was conducted late last month by Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation’s largest and most respected political and public issue survey firms. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.38%.