Monday, October 25, 2010
Americans overwhelmingly anticipate that the federal government will have to dramatically cut spending like France and Britain are doing now, and a sizable number suggest that even Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may have to be on the cutting block.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 83% of Americans think it is at least somewhat likely that the federal government will have to make cuts in government spending in the next 10 years. Just 10% do not think it’s likely. These findings include 59% who say it is Very Likely and just three percent (3%) who say it is Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here).
But most Americans (69%) also believe that when it comes time to make budget cuts, some areas of government spending should be targeted more than others. One-in-five (20%), on the other hand, think it is better for the government to make a 10% across-the-board cut in all federal programs. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure which is the better approach to cutting spending.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 21-22, 2010 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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