Unaffiliated voters have bleaker, short-term economic outlook after election
Nearly fifty percent of independent voters expect the economy to be weaker over the next year, according to a new poll.
The recent Rasmussen Reports survey found that the percentage of unaffiliated voters with a bleaker economic outlook was 19 percent before President Barack Obama won a second term.
Republicans have a more pessimistic outlook, with 74 percent saying that the economy will be worse a year from now, compared to 50 percent in October.
The economic outlook among Democrats appeared unchanged, with more than 60 percent before and after the election expecting the economy to improve through 2013, Fox news reports.
The Maryland-based polling firm said the looming 'fiscal cliff' was a major cause of concern among those surveyed.
The survey also found that 86 percent of those surveyed nationwide favored a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts to help reduce the roughly 1.2 trillion dollars deficit, the report said.
Among them, 52 percent of Republicans agreed with an approach that includes tax hikes and spending cuts, it added.
According to the report, the survey found that by a roughly 2-to1- margin, voters regardless of party said they would like to see more spending cuts than tax hikes.