12. Last one, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
13% You’ve heard of him 17% Not sure
13. Next, let’s turn to Connecticut’s $40 billion, two-year state budget. Governor Malloy’s budget increases state spending by 5.8 percent and is balanced by a combination of $2.6 billion in tax increases and $1.6 billion in concessions by state employee unions. Does the budget spend too much and raise taxes too much, or is the budget about as good it could be expected given a weak economy?
57% The budget spends too much and raise taxes too much
39% The budget is about as good it could be expected given a weak economy 4% Not sure
14. The concessions by state employee unions include a two-year wage freeze and bigger contributions to health care and pension programs. The deal also includes promises of no layoffs for four years, no furloughs, no reductions in hours, and three years of three percent annual pay raises at the end of the deal. Did the unions not give enough and should have been asked for more, or did the unions give up a lot?
49% The unions did not give enough and should have been asked for more 36% The unions did give up a lot
15% Not sure
15. If the state employee unions reject the concessions packages, Governor Malloy has said he will have to lay off as many as 4,700 state workers. Would you favor or oppose laying off state employees?
50% Favor 36% Oppose 13% Not sure
16. If the state budget should fall into a deficit over the coming two years, which approach would you choose for dealing with the state’s budget shortfall … rely entirely on spending cuts with no tax increases … rely mainly on spending cuts, with some tax increases … have an even balance of spending cuts and tax increases … rely mainly on tax increases, with some spending cuts … or rely entirely on tax increases, with no spending cuts?
30% Rely entirely on spending cuts with no tax increases
28% Rely mainly on spending cuts, with some tax increases 30% Have an even balance of spending cuts and tax increases 9% Rely mainly on tax increases, with some spending cuts 2% Rely entirely on tax increases, with no spending cuts 2% Not sure