State of the Country
35% Right Direction, 61% Wrong Track (chart)
Obama Job Approval
48% Approve, 48% Disapprove (chart)
29% Democrat, 24% Republican, 44% independent (chart)
With leaners: 45% Democrat, 42% Republican, 10% independent
A majority of Americans believe taxes will have to be raised and government services will have to be reduced in order to cut the federal deficit, according to a new CNBC-Associated Press poll.
However, there is sharp disagreement over which taxes should be raised and which services should be reduced.
The two most popular options among poll respondents: cutting the number of federal workers and freezing the salaries of federal workers. Coincidentally, President Obama on Monday announced a plan to freeze the pay of government workers in order to save as much as $60 billion over the next decade.