70% of Republicans want to cut deficit, but most don’t want to cut any specific program

That’s because the GOP has sold the electorate on a lie. Government is wasteful, government doesn’t work, your money is spent on $600 toilet seats and “crazy” Democratic stimulus plans and that “useless” socialist Obamacare. So of course 70% of the GOP, and a lot of the public at large, wants to “cut the deficit” – they want to cut the bad stuff. The good stuff, however, they’re not so keen on cutting. What they don’t understand is that there’s a ton of good, and not so much of the wasteful silly stuff as the Republicans would have them believe. Thus the lousy survey numbers for cutting specific programs.

Budget cutting is a top priority for the GOP, with 70 percent of Republicans in a new survey by the Pew Research Center saying the federal government should focus on reducing the deficit, not new economic stimulus. And in many cases, more Republicans now support cuts than did so two years ago.

But across 18 areas of federal spending, a majority of Republicans support decreasing spending in just one: aid to the world’s needy. In one other area, unemployment assistance, 50 percent of Republicans polled said they would decrease spending (far higher than the 11 percent who said they would increase it), but in all others the number saying funds should be cut is under the 50 percent mark.


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