The Washington Times - March 18, 2011, 12:06PM

Despite concern about the country’s historic-level budget deficit, most Americans aren’t willing to pay more in taxes to reduce it, a new poll says.

Results of a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday show that only 20 percent of respondents say they would be willing to pay higher taxes to help reduce the federal budget deficit. Seventy-one percent said they wouldn’t be willing to do so.

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The survey also shows that 83 percent of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to a reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes. Seventy percent of likely voters say voters are more willing to make the hard choices needed to reduce federal spending than are elected politicians.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 adults, conducted on March 13-14, has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percentage points.