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Public's budget priorities differ dramatically from House and Obama
Date:3/3/2011

COLLEGE PARK, Md. When it comes to the federal budget, the public is on a different page than either the House of Representatives or the Obama Administration with a different set of priorities and a greater willingness to cut spending and increase taxes concludes a new analysis by the University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation (PPC).

This new analysis compares the House and administration budget proposals with those produced by a representative sample of U.S. adults. These public budgets were part of an innovative study released last month.

While there were some partisan differences in the magnitude of spending changes, two thirds of the time, the average Republican, Democrat and Independent in the survey agreed on the items that should be cut or increased.

  • Defense: Public favors deep cuts while the administration and the House propose modest increases.
  • Domestic: Public favors substantially more spending on job training, education and pollution control than either the House or the administration.
  • Level of Cuts: On average the public made a net reduction in spending of $146 billion far more than either the administration or the House.
  • Taxes: The public also showed readiness to increase taxes by an average of $292 billion again, far more than either the administration or the House.

"Clearly both the administration and the Republican-led House are out of step with the public's values and priorities in regard to the budget," said University of Maryland School of Public Policy researcher Steven Kull, who conducted the study and directs the Program for Public Consultation (PPC). "Our respondents would more than double funding for job training and cut deeply on defense."

While the time frames of the three budgets are not the same, the comparison still reflects substantial differences in priorities and approaches used by the respondents, the House and the administr
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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
Source:Eurekalert

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