Three-quarters of all Utahns think President Bush will have to raise taxes to balance the federal budget, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV polls shows.
While they may believe Bush's "read my lips: No new taxes" statement, they aren't convinced Bush can wipe out the deficit without new revenue, found Dan Jones & Associates.Even though they think he may suggest tax increases, Utahns still like the job Bush is doing, even though he's only been in office a couple of weeks.
But Bush's popularity hasn't yet reached the heights of President Reagan, whom many Utahns have loved for years, Jones found. Seventy-four percent of those polled told Jones they think Bush will have to raise taxes to balance the budget. Only 23 percent believe Bush can balance the budget without a tax increase, Jones found.
Bush, in his famous "read my lips" statement, promised during last year's campaign that he would use a flexible freeze on federal programs and elimination of waste to come up with the hundreds of billions of dollars needed to balance the federal budget.
A healthy 65 percent of Utahns approve of the job Bush is doing, 24 percent disapprove and 12 percent didn't know, Jones found. Sixty-five percent of Utahns also voted for Bush last November.