Polls show public reluctance for trimming Medicare to curb the deficit

Published on December 7, 2012 at 6:11 AM · No Comments

A new AP-GfK poll found most American favor letting tax cuts expire for top wage earners and a Quinnipiac poll found that voters oppose cutting Medicaid spending and increasing the Medicare eligibility age.

The Associated Press: Poll Shows Support For Raising Taxes On The Rich
Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. There's also a reluctance to trim Social Security, Medicare or defense programs, three of the biggest drivers of federal spending, the survey released Wednesday found (Fram and Agiesta, 12/6).

Politico: Poll Shows Support For Raising Taxes On The Rich
[A new Quinnipiac] poll also showed that voters overwhelmingly oppose cutting Medicaid spending, 70-25 percent. Voters surveyed also oppose gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age, 51-44 percent, and don't support cuts to military spending by a margin of 55-41 percent. Those surveyed also said a "no-taxes" pledge isn't a good idea, 85-10 percent (Glueck, 12/6).

Meanwhile, an American Hospital Association poll found more public wariness about cuts --

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