Spending cuts and public opinion charts of the day

From separate Yglesias posts.  First, even most Republicans have no desire to actually cut Medicare (though, it could use some in a thoughtful and efficient manner):


Meanwhile, cutting defense remains far and away the most popular form of cut that could actually mean something to the budget (i.e., not foreign aid or “waste, fraud, and abuse”):


Given the public opinion, it would be nice to see politicians be a little bit braver on this.  But, of course, we all know that the Republican response to taking a dime away from the Pentagon would mean that you were voting to let the terrorists win.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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