Two Misleading Polls on Sequestration

Two recent polls come to contradictory conclusions about the public’s willingness to accept spending cuts imposed by the sequestration that went into effect March 1.

A Pew poll last month reported that among 19 government programs tested, not one elicited majority public support for cutting spending. And on 18 of the 19, there was in fact majority support for either increasing or maintaining spending at the same level.

By contrast, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll reports that by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Americans support across-the-board government spending cuts, except for military spending, which Americans say they don’t want cut by almost the same margin as they support cuts to other programs. [cont.]

David W. Moore, iMediaEthics

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