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64% Favor Looking for Spending Cuts Throughout the Federal Government

Friday, September 09, 2011

A sizable majority still favors across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget, but voters remain slightly less enthusiastic about including the military in those cuts.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters think thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program of the federal government as the nation searches for solutions to the budget crisis. Just 24% disagree with considering cuts in every government program, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But when asked if thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every government program - except the military, just 39% agree. A plurality (49%) opposes protecting the military from the mix of potential cuts. Another 12% are undecided.

These findings mark little change from a month ago

Defense spending, along with Social Security and Medicare, accounts for over 50% of the federal budget, a fact 51% of voters now recognize.  Forty-eight percent (48%) of Americans feel it is possible to significantly reduce military spending without putting the the nation at risk, but 37% disagree.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 4-5, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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