President Obama will send his final annual budget proposal to Congress Tuesday, and Californians are participating in a university survey meant to educate voters about the budgeting process and provide input to federal representatives.
Dr Steven Kull is with the University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation and issued a report based on the survey. He says unlike a standard poll, his survey takes respondents through an online process called a 'policymaking simulation' that gives you information and seeks to put them in the shoes of the lawmaker.
A panel of 6,949 registered voters were presented with the Obama administration's proposed 2016 discretionary budget, and actual and proposed sources of federal revenue and the projected deficit.
Majorities of Californians agreed on $11 billion in spending cuts, including cuts of $4 billion in the subsidies for agricultural corporations, $2 billion from defense intelligence spending, $1 billion reduction in spending on Afghanistan and Iraq operations and more.
Sixty-six percent of voters approved of a five percent increase in income tax for those making over $200,000 per year, including 50 percent of Republican and 78 percent of Democrats, resulting in about $34 billion in budget reductions.
You may share your thoughts on tax increases and spending cuts by taking the survey.