Monday, November 10, 2008

Rasmussen: Americans voted for Reaganism, not "change"

The Republican candidate may have lost this election, but post election polls show the fundamental Republican ideal of lower taxes won it. According to the Wall Street Journal Opinion page:

Mr. Obama's tax-cutting message played a key role in this period of economic anxiety. Tax cuts are well-received at such times: 55% of voters believe they are good for the economy. Only 19% disagree and see them as bad policy. Down the campaign homestretch, Mr. Obama's tax-cutting promise became his clearest policy position. Eventually he stole the tax issue from the Republicans. Heading into the election, 31% of voters thought that a President Obama would cut their taxes. Only 11% expected a tax cut from a McCain administration.

In addition, the same poll shows President-Elect Obama should not take his victory as a mandate to unveil government program upon government program.

A Rasmussen survey conducted Oct. 2 found that 59% agreed with the sentiment expressed by Reagan in his first inaugural address: "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Just 28% disagreed with this sentiment. That survey also found that 44% of Obama voters agreed with Reagan's assessment (40% did not). And McCain voters overwhelmingly supported the Gipper.

Will the new President govern more like FDR or Ronald Reagan? Only time will tell, but the voters have voiced their preference.

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