Americans More Open to Defense Cuts than Others
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 04:20:51 PM EST
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.