Only 11 percent of voters want tax hikes to be used as the main way of closing the deficit, a new poll Wednesday found.
Seven percent of those surveyed by Gallup said that mostly tax increases, along with some spending cuts, would be the best way to close the deficit. Four percent of Americans say that only tax hikes should be used to cut the deficit.
Voters expressed significantly more support for spending cuts.
One in five Americans surveyed for the Gallup poll say they think the deficit is best cut down by reducing federal spending alone, while 30 percent say that the best strategy for deficit reduction would employ mostly cuts and some tax hikes.
There’s also resistance among the public at large to see the debt ceiling increased, something that congressional Republicans are trying to link to deficit-reducing spending cuts.
Of those surveyed by Gallup, 42 percent say they would vote against raising the debt ceiling, while 22 percent say they would vote for it. Another 35 percent say they don’t know enough about the issue to express an opinion.