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83% Think U.S. Spending Cuts Like Europe's Likely in Next 10 Years

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.

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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.

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