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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Wary of Spending Cuts, Govt Shutdown

Republicans keep acting like they have a mandate to butcher social programs and shut down the government in pursuit of that objective. But the latest Bloomberg News Poll data indicates quite the opposite, as TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira explains in this week’s edition of his ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’ at the Center for American Progress web pages. As Teixeira explains:

The survey asked about a number of domestic areas and found opposition to cuts in eight different areas. Views ranged from 77-21 opposition to significantly cutting education programs to 50-46 opposition to significantly cutting funding for public television and radio.

The news for Republicans got even worse when respondents were asked about their views about a implementing a government shutdown to force spending cuts:

…By an overwhelming 77-20 margin, the public favors compromise over spending cuts to avert a shutdown rather than holding out for deep cuts even if that means shutting down the government.

As Teixeira puts it, “Conservatives may think the public is simpatico with their antispending crusade. The facts suggest otherwise.”

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