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YouGov write-up, 11.1.11

YouGov write-up, 11.1.11

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Published by Charles D. Ellison

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Published by: Charles D. Ellison on Nov 07, 2011
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”MAGICALTHINKING”ONDEFICITREDUCTION?: 46%SAYENTITLEMENTCUTSARENOTNECESSARY
Americans may want deficit reduction, but their favorite solutions may involve a bitof magical thinking: they believe significant deficit reduction may only require cutsin areas they are willing to cut — like defense spending, and not in other areas –like entitlements and education — where they oppose spending cuts.In the latest
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 /YouGov Poll, twice as many would support reductions indefense spending in order to reduce the budget deficit than would oppose such cuts.And a majority believes those cuts would be necessary to reduce the deficit. Only27% think it would be possible to make big deficit reductions without defense cuts.
Yes No Not sure27%51%22%
Do you think it is possible to make large reductions in thebudget deficit and NOT decrease defense spending?
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SupportNeither support,nor opposeOpposeNot sure42%20%23%13%
Would you support or oppose a deficit reduction planthat included cuts to defense spending?
Nearly half think deficit reduction CAN be achieved without reducing Social Secu-rity and Medicare. And even more, 60% would oppose any such cuts.
Yes No Not sure46%33%19%
Do you think it is possible to make large reductions in thebudget deficit and NOT decrease Social Security and Medicare?
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SupportNeither support,nor opposeOpposeNot sure13%15%60%11%
Would you support or oppose a deficit reduction plan thatincluded cuts to Social Security and Medicare?
Americans also oppose decreases in government spending for education and stu-dent aid; and by 42% to 33%, believe deficit reduction can be achieved withoutsuch cuts.Both Republicans and Democrats oppose entitlement cuts (although more than athird of Republicans would support cuts in education). On defense spending, how-ever, the parties differ. Nearly half of Republicans oppose reducing defense spend-ing, and nearly half think deficit reduction can be achieved without cuts to defense.The parties also differ when it comes to tax increases to reduce the budget deficit.71% of Republicans oppose tax increases, while Democrats are divided.
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