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26% Like Ryan’s Budget-Cutting Plan, 27% Don’t, 47% Not Sure

Washington, D.C. is abuzz with Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to cut $4 trillion in federal spending over the next decade, but voters throughout the country aren’t paying that much attention.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters say they favor the proposal presented by the Wisconsin congressman from what they’ve read, seen or heard about it. But just as many (27%) oppose it. However, 47% have no opinion of Ryan’s plan. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters accurately believe the proposal presented by Ryan calls for major changes in defense, Social Security and Medicare. Sixteen percent (16%) say it does not change these politically sensitive areas, but 53% aren’t sure.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters recognize that it is necessary to make major changes in defense, Social Security, and Medicare to make truly significant, long-term cuts in government spending.

Nationally, just 33% have followed news stories about the Ryan budget plan Very Closely. Another 36% say they’ve followed news on the topic Somewhat Closely.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 7-8, 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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