Federal Spending is VERY Popular. Episode 8: Cut Nothing But The Pentagon
Another CG&G alum, the ever-alert and budget-aware Bruce Bartlett, last week sent me yet another poll showing how popular federal spending has become.
Take a look at question 15 of the poll from The Economist and YouGov, which was completed just a week or so ago. It shows that only 19 percent of respondents support reductions in Social Security and only 21 percent support them in Medicare. Medicaid reductions are supported by more -- 31 percent -- but definitely not anything close to a majority.
Military spending reductions are supported by a majority -- 51 percent -- but that's obviously just in general terms. My guess is that specific Pentagon programs would not be embraced by anything close to that number.
Special note: 30 percent of all those surveyed said that "none of the above" should be be cut. Add interest in the debt, (which can't be cut) to what's listed (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Pentagon) and about 85 percent of all spending is off the table. That leaves about $600 billion, and most of that would likely also be supported by a majority if they were asked.