Despite Obama Hysteria, Overwhelming Majority Support Puny Budget Cuts

Posted by on Mar 06, 2013 at 10:24 am

The tide may finally be turning. Clear-thinking Americans understand we spend way too much and cannot sustain the reckless spending of Obama and his Democrats cronies. Now despite his absurd theatrics of the past couple of weeks, more than 60% of the public thinks it’s time to reduce spending.

For all the dire warnings, most Americans welcome a five percent cut in overall federal spending this year. But the defense budget is another matter.

Of course it’s not a 5% cut, it’s 2.3%. And it’s not even for this year. Here we have positive news and ABC screws it up in the first sentence.

The public by nearly 2-1, 61-33 percent, supports cutting the overall budget along the lines of the sequester that took effect last Friday. But by nearly an identical margin, Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose an eight percent across-the-board cut in military spending.

These views come before the $85 billion in cuts this year have taken hold, leaving open the question of how the public will respond once the reductions hit home. Nonetheless, the results suggest that warnings about the nation’s military readiness have resonated, while the public is more skeptical about the damage the sequester poses to federal programs more generally.

Support for a five percent reduction in federal spending crosses party lines in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates; it includes 57 percent of Democrats, six in 10 independents and three-quarters of Republicans. Shaving eight percent off the military budget, on the other hand, is opposed by 73 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents, with Democrats split down the middle.

This must be devastating to Democrats:

Strength of sentiment also lands squarely in favor of overall budget cuts, and against those to the military. Strong support for overall cuts outpaces strong opposition by 15 percentage points, while it’s the opposite, by 25 points, when it comes to military spending.

They’re hiding the sample for this so figure if it was balanced these numbers would be even more problematic for President Hysteria.

2 Responses to “Despite Obama Hysteria, Overwhelming Majority Support Puny Budget Cuts”

  1. Neo on 6/06/13 at 6:50 pm

    The $85 billion in across-the-board sequestration cuts is not enough in deficit reduction to forestall another downgrade of the nation’s “AAA” credit rating, say top credit ratings agencies.

    Fitch Ratings says even after the sequester, America still needs another $1.6 trillion in deficit reduction to be on a sustainable path and another $3 trillion to put the nation’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a downward trajectory.

    Fitch’s comments echo those Standard & Poor made when it lowered the nation’s credit rating.

    “The political discord around this process was a factor in lowering the credit rating,” said S&P spokesperson John Piecuch. “We believe that the events since then have validated our opinion.”

    While Fitch and Moody’s Investors Service still give the U.S. their top credit rating, both have placed the U.S. on a negative outlook.