Americans More Open to Defense Cuts than Others

Some interesting numbers out of the latest New York Times/CBS News poll:

In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, would you be willing or not willing for the government to decrease spending in areas such as health care or eduction?

Willing: 30 percent
Not willing: 62 percent 

In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, would you be willing or not willing to decrease military spending?

Willing: 45 percent
Not willing: 51 percent 

As is apparent above, there isn't a broad consensus decreasing defense spending -- but relative to spending on social programs, Americans are significantly more open to such cuts to the military. Indeed, these numbers suggest that the theory that Americans want to address the federal deficit by slashing spending on just about anything except national defense may be not only incorrect but even completely backwards.

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6 Comments

Everyone supports

Most folks support cuts to the military - until there is an attack or a soldier dies and someone says it was becasue of a lack of body-armor, uparmored vehicles, more spohisticated intelligence, or an unbuilt FBI lab in Alabama. Then congress will increase funding and that will be that.

by vecky 2010-02-12 05:06PM | 0 recs
Gawd

This is more infuriating than watching Lost.

by the mollusk 2010-02-12 05:29PM | 0 recs
Military spending

So much of the budget is driven by defense companies that point to jobs created in congressional districts, and so regardless of whether there is a need for another fighter plane, money gets allocated and more get built - the political-military-industrial complex at work.  With the infrastructure spending in the stimulus (whether it be health, the green job sector, or transportation) you can be sure that at least some residents will actually benefit from the projects. 

by Mr DC 2010-02-12 10:06PM | 0 recs
So I've been hearing

that explains why everyone except Alabamans are upset about the Crimson Bribe.

by ND22 2010-02-13 01:05AM | 0 recs
No

Indeed, these numbers suggest that the theory that Americans want to address the federal deficit by slashing spending on just about anything except national defense may be not only incorrect but even completely backwards.

No, instead it says that American want to address the federal deficit by not cutting anything at all...another words, they're completely out to lunch.

by ND22 2010-02-13 01:04AM | 0 recs
RE: No

But surely they want to increase taxes to compensate.

by vecky 2010-02-13 01:38AM | 0 recs

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