Voters are consistently fickle

It was very clear from the November 2010 elections that the voters wanted to shrink government and hold the line on taxes. And virtually every poll that has been taken since confirms that voters feel still feel the same way. But those same polls also confirm that voters are squeamish about specific budget cuts. Even after weeks or months of publicity about the size of the Texas budget shortfall and the draconian cuts that will be necessary, the voters still don’t want to raise taxes by a 2 to 1 margin in a recent poll. But that same poll says voters also don’t want to cut any of the budget items necessary to accomplish a no-new-taxes budget.

The UT/Texas Tribune poll out today says the voter’s don’t want cuts in everything from public education to nursing home care, as you can see in the chart below which summarizes some of the poll results.

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You can read more about the voter poll in "Mixed Signals on Budget Cuts".

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