Thirty percent of 1,000 likely American voters, who participated in a recent independent public opinion survey, said they expect to see significant spending cuts over the next few years.
The survey showed 63 percent believe thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program of the federal government with 24 percent disagreeing and 13 percent undecided.
Support for across-the-board spending cuts is little changed from January and is down only slightly from 67 percent in August 2011.
Just 32 percent believe spending cuts should be considered in every program except the military, but 57 percent do not support spending cuts in all programs if the military is left out.
Sixteen percent like the idea of spending cuts if entitlement programs aren’t on the cutting block, but 66 percent don’t support cutting spending in all areas except for entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare and 18 percent are not sure.
Regardless of what voters want, just 30 percent believe it’s at least somewhat likely that government spending will be significantly reduced over the next few years, down from 39 percent at the beginning of the year just after the so-called “fiscal cliff” deal was reached and including only 7 percent who say significant budget cuts are very likely.
Sixty-four percent see deep cuts over the new few years as unlikely, up from 57 percent earlier this year and with 20 percent who say they are not at all likely.