Goring the oxen (yours, not mine)


Not that budget decisions are entirely motivated by day-to-day polling, but it can’t be ignored completely.

According to a recent Quinnipac University poll, “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.”

Perhaps no great surprise is that voters support by a “margin of 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’.”

But they say that a range of 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.

Budgets are not made by public polling, but this may suggest a fair warning of potential political consequences.

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