Voters Back Tough Steps to Reduce Budget Deficit
Aug. 16, 2010
RICHMOND, Va.—Frustrated voters, fixing on the $1.5 trillion federal deficit as a
symbol of Washington's paralysis, appear increasingly willing to take drastic steps to
address the red ink.
Leonard Anderson, 56 years old, a Richmond, Va., drug-maker engineer and a
Republican, said he would be willing to accept a national sales tax to raise revenues.
Kimberly Moore, 46, a Richmond Democrat and bank information-technology analyst,
said everyone will have to accept budget cuts. And at 67, Paul DesJardins, a Henrico,
Va., Republican, said he would accept higher Medicare co-payments and deductibles.
"As Americans, we're all going to have to cut back and take less," said Lois Profitt, a 58-
year-old small-business owner and political independent from Chesterfield, Va.
With the November midterm elections looming, voters appear ahead of Washington in
grappling with the tough choices to come, according to national polling and a focus
group commissioned by The Wall Street Journal in the bellwether city of Richmond.