Republicans in Washington insist that the government has a spending problem and that the best approach to the imminent sequestration is to impose cuts on programs, but a poll released Friday by Pew Research Center indicates that the public does not have their back.
The poll found that majorities would like the government to either increase funding or maintain current levels of funding for 18 of 19 government programs that were tested. The lone area wherein the public does not want funding increased or maintained is providing aid to needy areas throughout the world. Forty-eight percent believe that overseas aid for the world's destitute — a tiny fraction of the overall budget — should be decreased, while 21 percent said it should be increased and 28 percent said it should remain the same.
But fewer than 20 percent of respondents said that funding for the likes of Social Security, Medicare, roads and infrastructure, education and natural disaster relief should be decreased.
Read the entire poll here.