A majority of U.S. voters simply don’t believe it when Congress and the White House say that their agreement over a debt ceiling increase will include $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade.
The latest poll from Rasmussen Reports on the debt-ceiling deal struck by Congress and signed by President Obama indicates U.S. voters are not willing to take Washington’s word that the plan is part of a solution to the fiscal mess in which the nation finds itself.
More specifically, only 30 percent thought it “likely” the spending cuts would materialize, while 62 percent believe the federal government will find some way over the next 10 years to escape the legislated reductions. When factoring out respondents identified as in the “political class,” Rasmussen found 69 percent of mainstream voters doubt the cuts will happen.
Τhe poll follows on the heels of at least one legislator, Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., blasting the promised spending reductions as “fantasy cuts.”
“All of this talk about the cuts, the supposed cuts that happened in this last bill that passed, those aren’t cuts,” Mack said in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity earlier this week. “Those are fantasy cuts, those are reductions in the rate of growth.