The American public has considerable doubts that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will be able to draft a proposal to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit that Congress would pass, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.
Public doubtful on prospects for cutting deficit, Kaiser poll finds
About 62% of respondents said they are “not too” or “not at all” confident that the deficit-reduction supercommittee can produce such a proposal before the Nov. 23 deadline, while about 56% said they believe it is “not too” or “not at all” likely that the panel will create a proposal that can garner enough votes to pass Congress.
“When asked about specific areas where the supercommittee might recommend cuts, more than half the public says they would not support any reductions to spending on Social Security (58%) or Medicare (51%),” the report noted. “Almost half (46%) say the same about Medicaid, while 38% would support minor reductions and just 16% want major reductions in Medicaid spending.”
The study also examined responses to the public's perspective on health reform, and found that those views remain split. In September, 41% of respondents say they have a favorable view of the law, while 43% have an unfavorable view.
Conducted through telephone interviews from Sept. 7 through Sept. 12, the survey analyzed data from a representative random sample of 1,207 adults aged 18 and older.
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