Most Important Problem
Now 9/2013 5/2013Economy & Jobs 26% 34% 34%Budget deficit/debt 12 6 6Partisan politics 8 4 3Health care 8 8 5
With more budget negotiations on the horizon, Americans were asked to choose which of thelargest items in the federal budget they would be most willing to change in order to cutspending. More choose military spending (41%), over Medicare (23%) or Social Security (16%).Cutting military spending is the top choice of Democrats (51%) and independents (41%), whileRepublicans are more inclined to choose Medicare (30%).
Which Would You Change to Cut Spending?
Total Reps Dems IndsMilitary 41% 27% 51% 41%Medicare 23 30 18 24Social Security 16 24 8 18
There is widespread support for providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S.if they meet certain requirements, including a waiting period, paying fines and back taxes,passing criminal background checks and learning English. 77% favor that; just 20% oppose.Support cuts across partisan lines.
Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants in U.S. if Conditions Met
All Reps Dems IndsFavor 77% 69% 87% 75%Oppose 20 28 11 22Still, more Americans (50%)
think securing the nation’s border should b
e a higher priority thanaddressing the status of illegal immigrants (43%). Republicans are more likely than Democratsand independents to place a priority on border security.
Which Should be a Higher Priority?
All Reps Dems IndsSecuring the border 50% 56% 47% 48% Addressing status of illegal immigrants 43 37 46 44 _______________________________________________________________________
This poll was conducted by telephone October 18-21, 2013 among 1,007 adults nationwide. Datacollection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA.Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due tosampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish
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