Americans will support far-reaching measures to address society’s most-vexing problems, but only if they can be assured leaders will be fiscally responsible, two new studies say.
Related reports published by Public Agenda and Viewpoint Learning say it takes little to educate Americans about federal budget problems and gain their support for needed reforms.
Once up to speed, they are willing to consider means that include program cuts and tax increases to address critical funding problems facing programs like Security and Medicare.
However, Americans will consider supporting such measures only if they can be assured their tax dollars will be well-spent, the studies say.
The high degree of cynicism about current leaders observed in the reports indicates such assurances are lacking today.