Most Americans Say Job Creation More Important than Tax Cuts

The April MONEY/ICR Poll has found that three-quarters of Americans say that if they had had a choice between enacting the 2003 tax cuts or spending additional money to create new jobs, they would have picked job creation.

The national poll, fielded last week, also found that half of all Americans would also have preferred cutting the deficit over last year's tax cuts. And a majority of Americans-60 percent-said they didn't benefit personally from the tax cuts of 2003. The poll also found that about half of Americans say their federal tax burden is too high and 4 in 10 -- 41% -- say their taxes are about right.

Overall, 76% of Americans said they would have preferred the government devote resources to job programs instead of tax cuts in 2003. Women (81%) were only slightly more likely to choose creating new jobs than men (70%). If they had been given the choice, more Americans say they would also have chosen reducing the federal deficit (49%) over tax cuts (42%) last year.

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