WASHINGTON — Nine of 10 Americans view the government deficit as a serious threat and 65% are "fed up" with the federal income tax, pollster Louis Harris said Thursday.
Most persons are willing to give up some personal tax breaks to correct the problems, he said.
Harris told Congress' Joint Economic Committee that most of the 1,253 adults he surveyed would give top priority to significantly reducing the deficit, which is running about $200 billion a year. But the people want both, he said.
"The budget deficit is viewed as being sufficiently serious and ominous in its consequence that they are willing to endure some personal pain in the process of bringing it under control," Harris said.
He added: "People have become downright cynical and resentful of the tax system, viewing it as a rip-off for the privileged and at the expense of the broad middle-income families of the country."