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Most Say New Government Spending Should Be Offset By Budget Cuts

Most voters continue to expect significant government spending cuts over the next few years and agree that any new spending must be offset by budget cuts elsewhere.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is likely government spending will be significantly reduced over the next few years. That’s an additional point above the finding in January just before President Trump took office and is a new high in surveys since late 2013. The overall finding includes 24% who say a big spending reduction is Very Likely to happen, showing no change from the previous survey.

Forty-one percent (41%) continue to feel that government spending is not likely to be reduced significantly over the next few years, but that includes only 14% who say it is Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 28-March 1, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 28-March 1, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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