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Voters Want Spending Cuts But Say They’re Unlikely

Voters still like the idea of across-the-board cuts in the federal budget but are increasingly pessimistic that big cuts are on the way - despite President Trump’s plan for a five-percent reduction in all non-defense discretionary spending.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 36% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s likely government spending will be significantly reduced over the next few years, while 59% consider that unlikely. This includes just 11% who say big cuts are Very Likely and 26% who say they are 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 March 11-12, 2019 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 March 11-12, 2019 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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