The poll also finds that Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to want to cut many government programs and that
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,056 adults surveyed online
In addition to the services which majorities of the pubic do not want to cut, pluralities (but not majorities) oppose cutting federal housing programs (by 50% to 40%), scientific research (by 50% to 40%), defense (by 49% to 42%), farm subsidies (by 46% to 42%), and food stamps (by 49% to 43%).
Trends over time
The Harris Poll first asked these questions thirty-two years ago, in 1980, towards the end of
The Different Opinions of Tea Party Supporters and Partisans of the Two Parties
Unsurprisingly Democrats and Republicans have somewhat different opinions on these issues. Far more Republicans than Democrats want to cut some, but not all, of these programs. For example, Republicans are much more likely to favor cutting federal welfare spending (72% compared to 36%), food stamps (61% vs. 28%), pollution control (59% vs. 21%), federal job training programs (47% vs. 18%), health care (37% vs. 10%) and federal aid to education (35% vs. 9%). On the other hand Democrats are much more in favor of cutting defense spending than are Republicans (54% vs. 27%).
These polling data point to the different language and messages that are, and will be, used by Republicans and Democrats in this election year. Republicans will talk about cutting spending and reducing the budget deficit, with references to foreign aid, welfare and food stamps, while Democrats will accuse the Republicans of wanting to cut
CUTTING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
"Below is a list of different areas of federal government spending. For each, please indicate if you would favor a major cut in spending, a minor cut, no cut at all, or would you increase spending in this area?"
Base: All Adults