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The deficit is going down—but no one seems to know that

Paul Krugman points out this simple fiscal truth, along with polling data that makes my head hurt:

A little while back I expressed a desire to see a poll of voters asking whether they knew about the plunging federal budget deficit. Just as a reminder, here’s what the CBO numbers for the recent past and projections for the near future look like:

Well, Hal Varian of Google got in touch with me, and said,”We can do that!” So he put together a Google Consumer Survey; it’s still ongoing — results here — but here’s what it looked like this morning:

Excellent work, Republicans. You've managed to confuse about half the public, and in so doing, you've made people favor policies that keep rich people rich and poor people poor.

Can someone with a newspaper please bring reality back into public discourse?

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