Factbox: Highlights of Reuters/Ipsos U.S. poll
(Reuters) - Reuters conducted a poll of U.S. voters in mid-September on American political and economic issues, President Barack Obama's approval rating and November's congressional elections.
Here are the main findings:
LITTLE APPETITE FOR STIMULUS
* Even in the face of a sluggish economy and persistently high unemployment, the poll found little appetite for more deficit spending.
* Fifty-seven percent of those polled said the government should cut the deficit in order to balance the budget during hard economic times, while 39 percent said the government should run a deficit to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
* Sixty percent said reducing the deficit creates jobs but 50 percent said government spending creates jobs.
* Sixty-eight percent said cutting taxes creates jobs.
ECONOMY IS BROKEN
* Seventy-four percent of the respondents said the current unemployment rate indicates something is broken in the economy while only 22 percent said it reflects the natural ups and downs of the economy.
REPUBLICAN VOTERS MORE ENTHUSIASTIC
* Republican voters say they are more likely than Democratic voters to participate in the midterm elections.
* On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most likely to vote, Republican voters reported a mean of 8.8 while Democrats came in at 7.9.
* Seventy-four percent of Republicans said they are following news of the elections closely, compared to 61 percent of Democrats.
* When asked whether they will vote for the Republican or Democratic candidate for Congress, registered voters were split evenly. Among all respondents, Democrats held a 47 percent to 42 percent advantage over Republicans.
OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATING TICKS UP
* Obama's approval rating ticked up slightly, although more Americans still disapprove of his performance as president.
* Forty-seven percent gave Obama a positive approval rating, up from 45 percent in August.
* Fifty percent said they disapproved, down from 52 percent in August.
* Overall, Obama's approval rating is down from 50 percent in January and 69 percent when he took office in January 2009. His approval rating has been below 50 percent since July.
MOST STILL THINK COUNTRY ON WRONG TRACK
* The poll found continued pessimism about the state of the country.
* Sixty-one percent said the country is on the wrong track, while 33 percent said it was headed in the right direction.
* Those figures have been steady since February.
* Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the poll for Reuters between September 16 and September 19.
* The poll randomly surveyed 1,161 adults across the United States by telephone.
* The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for all adults, plus or minus 3.1 points for registered voters, plus or minus 4.2 points for Democrats and plus or minus 4.5 points for Republicans.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Bill Trott)
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