To Fund New Government Programs, 72% Want Feds to Cut Other Spending

If the federal government wants to launch an important but expensive new program, 72% of voters believe it should be paid for by cutting other government spending. A found that 14% prefer raising taxes and another 14% think the best approach is increasing the federal deficit.

These views are shared across partisan lines. Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans think new programs should be paid for by cutting over programs. So do 73% of Independent voters and 62% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

If political leaders are unwilling to cut taxes or raise spending, 71% believe they should not launch the new programs. If there are no other options, 29% would be okay with increasing the deficit.

Driving these views is the fact that 59% believe increasing the federal deficit hurts the economy. Just 10% believe it helps.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe higher taxes hurt the economy while 14% believe they help.

The impact of government spending is more mixed. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe that cutting government spending helps the economy and 25% believe it hurts. Thirteen percent (13%) say it has no impact while 23% are not sure.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe cutting government spending is more important than reducing the deficit. Forty-four percent (44%) hold the opposite view. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted February 9-10, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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