Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Few Americans Support Cutting Entitlements

The following report from the Wall Street Journal speaks volumes about the fiscal policy preferences of Americans at large:
Less than a quarter of Americans support making significant cuts to Social Security or Medicare to tackle the country's mounting deficit, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, illustrating the challenge facing lawmakers who want voter buy-in to alter entitlement programs.... In the poll, Americans across all age groups and ideologies said by large margins that it was "unacceptable'' to make significant cuts in entitlement programs in order to reduce the federal deficit. Even tea party supporters, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, declared significant cuts to Social Security "unacceptable."
Apparently, only a narrow minority of Americans support making significant cuts to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Considering the popularity of these programs, such findings come as no surprise...

Source: King, N Jr & Greenberg, S (2011, March 2), Poll Finds Support Lacking for Entitlement Reductions, Wall Street Journal.

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