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U.S. Voters: Nearly 5 to 1 Prefer Carbon Tax To Cut In Spending

Given the current state of Congress both voters and elected officials agree it is difficult to get various forms of legislation passed. One making the rounds currently is the Carbon Tax, which according to a study by The Mellman Group nearly 67% of Americans support as opposed to government spending cuts.

“The numbers are in: American voters strongly support new ways of solving our budget problems, while protecting our planet at the same time,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, which commissioned the poll. “The president and members of Congress don’t need to think about another harsh round of cuts to our social safety net, when carbon taxes are a popular and promising budget solution.”

The poll which is worded as follows:

Which is a better way to reduce the nation’s deficit?

__Statement A: tax carbon dioxide pollution from big polluters such as oil, gas, and other
companies
OR
__Statement B: cut spending on programs like education, Social Security, Medicare and
environmental protection

With the twist of throwing education into the mix horribly skews the results as normal entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up a whopping 62% already by itself. The pool is simply appealing to its audience to try and drum up support for a virtually useless additional taxation.

The poll also went on to indicate that when compared taxing carbon pollution, only 15 percent of respondents favored cutting government spending as a way of solving our budget problems.

How do you balance a budget? You STOP spending what you don’t have, it’s simple mathematics.

The main focus group of the study I believe is what shows its true colors.

The survey was conducted between December 16-19, 2012, by the Mellman Group, two-time winner of “Pollster of the Year” by American Association of Political Consultants. The survey polled a scientifically selected random sample of 1,000 adults from throughout the United States. All voted in the 2012 presidential election. The survey was balanced between men and women, and between those who described themselves as Democrats versus Republicans, and liberal versus conservative. The margin of error associated with this survey is +/– 3.1 percent.

When views are already skewed towards one side it’s very easy to ask the right questions to attain the right answers.

Kyle Wiley

Kyle is a Citizen Outreach Associate at The Franklin Center For Government & Public Integrity. He attend The University of Georgia and is active here in the Washington, D.C. area.

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