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Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending

Low trust in government; little confidence in the public’s political wisdom

When Americans are asked to make up the budget for the federal government, they have little appetite for austerity measures. Asked about 13 different government program areas, from veterans benefits to foreign aid, no more than about a quarter favor reducing spending in any specific area.

The survey, conducted by Pew Research Center, conducted March 20-25, 2019 among 1,503 adults, finds that across all 13 programs, most either want to increase spending or maintain it at current levels.

As in the past, there is extensive public support for increasing federal funding for veterans benefits and education (72 percent each). About six-in-ten (62 percent) support more government spending for rebuilding the nation’s highways, bridges and roads, while 55 percent each favor more funding for Medicare and environmental protection.

Please select this link to read the complete report from the Pew Research Center.

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