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New Poll Finds Trump Skinny Budget Cuts Unpopular With Public

Posted @ Monday, March 27, 2017    By Zach Israel
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According to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on March 24, American voters oppose the spending cuts listed in President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget, including 70 - 25 percent against eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Voters support 85 - 13 percent increasing funding for health services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and say 58 - 39 percent that increased military spending is a "good idea."

By wide margins, however, American voters say other proposed cuts are a "bad idea:"

  • 87 - 9 percent against cutting funding for medical research;
  • 84 - 13 percent against cutting funding for new road and transit projects;
  • 67 - 31 percent against cuts to scientific research on the environment and climate change;
  • 83 - 14 percent against cutting funding for after school and summer school programs;
  • 66 - 27 percent against eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities;
  • 79 - 17 percent against eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Starting to fund a wall along the Mexican border is a "bad idea," voters say 64 - 35 percent. Republicans support the wall 74 - 24 percent, the only party, gender, education, age or racial group listed to support the idea. 

Voters also say 55 - 39 percent that significantly increasing funding for charter school and private school choice programs is a "bad idea." 

President Trump should not lower taxes on the wealthy, American voters say 74 - 22 percent, including 50 - 43 percent among Republicans. 

A total of 73 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change and 59 percent say the U.S. should do more to address climate change. 

Trump should not remove specific regulations intended to combat climate change, voters say 63 - 29 percent. Immigration 

American voters oppose 55 - 43 percent Trump's revised executive order that temporarily bans people from certain countries from entering the U.S. 

Voters also oppose 61 - 35 percent Trump's ban on all refugees entering the U.S. Men and women, white and non-white voters oppose this ban. 

Voters support 58 - 40 percent court decisions blocking the immigration ban. That Russian Thing 

Voters disapprove 59 - 27 percent of the way Trump is handling U.S. policy toward Russia. Republicans approve 61 - 20 percent, the only listed group to back the president. 

A total of 63 percent of American voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Trump's relationship with Russia. 

A total of 65 percent of voters say alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a "very important" or "somewhat important" issue. 

An independent commission should investigate links between some of Trump's campaign advisors and the Russian government, voters say 66 - 29 percent. 


The survey was conducted March 16-21, 2017 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Click here for the full poll results.

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