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Posted by on Aug 5, 2009 in Politics | 4 comments

71% say Obama driving up deficit. 73% say cancer is bad.

I don’t see how anyone could have possibly predicted this.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of U.S. voters say President Obama’s policies have increased the size of the federal deficit, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

A plurality of voters (37%) say cutting the federal deficit in half in the next four years is number one among the four priorities the president listed in a speech to Congress in February, but 66% view it as the goal he is least likely to achieve.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters now say the bigger problem for the United States today is not voters’ unwillingness to pay enough in taxes but is instead the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending.

A “hot August” for the Democrats? It’s looking more like a hot fifteen months until the next election cycle. But some things won’t wait that long, it seems. There’s one election in Virginia where backlash against the President and the Congressional majority’s spending habits is already turning up the heat on the party of the Donkey.

Of course, I’ve been cautioning some of my GOP counterparts for the last few weeks not to get too excited. By the fall of next year, there’s going to be one major difference… once the money is gone, it’s gone. And even if the GOP takes back power in Congress next fall, there may be precious little they can do to turn things around at that point and satisfy an angry electorate. As long as the voters are uneasy, they’ll keep “throwing the bums out” until something changes significantly for the better. After all… we always do.