"I think it’s critical to remember that deficit priorities switch. The Republican Party is not historically the party of deficit reduction — they stand out on that front only when there is a Democratic president. The same is true on the other side. To some extent, deficit reduction is a rallying point for the party that is out of power as it makes its case against the policies of any sitting president. This was certainly true of Democrats in the 2000s."

Michael Dimock, Director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press [TPM]

Our latest survey looks at the public’s policy priorities for 2013 and finds that 72% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, up 19 points from four years ago. Check out our interactive graphic charting public priorities over the last 20 years.