- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans have mixed views of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

They are more likely to favor than oppose increased spending for the military and border patrol, along with decreased foreign aid spending. They overwhelmingly support increased spending on veterans. But most oppose decreased spending on scientific and medical research, new spending for a Mexican border wall and decreased spending on the environment.

Key findings:

-Most Americans oppose new spending for a wall along the Mexican border, 58 percent to 28 percent. Eighty-six percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents are opposed. Republicans favor funding the wall by a 54 percent to 26 percent margin.

-In contrast to their views on the wall, 50 percent of Americans favor and 32 percent oppose increased spending on border patrol. Eighty percent of Republicans and 49 percent of independents, but just 26 percent of Democrats, favor increased border patrol spending

-Most oppose decreasing spending on scientific and medical research, 64 percent to 19 percent. Opposition to this proposal crosses party lines, including 78 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of independents and 51 percent of Republicans.

-The most popular proposal by far in the Trump budget is increasing spending on Veterans Affairs, supported by 74 percent of Americans and opposed by just 8 percent. Large majorities across party lines favor greater funding for veterans.

-By 50 percent to 30 percent margin, more favor than opposed decreased spending on foreign aid. Majorities of Republicans (72 percent) and independents (54 percent) want to decrease foreign aid, but just 30 percent of Democrats agree.

-More favor than oppose increasing spending on defense and the military, 47 percent to 34 percent. Seventy-five percent of Republicans but just 40 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats are in favor.

-Most Americans also oppose decreasing spending on the environment and for fighting climate change. About half of Republicans (49 percent) favor decreasing spending on the environment, compared with just 27 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats. Americans are more likely to oppose than favor cutting spending for public television, radio and the arts, 44 percent to 32 percent.


The AP-NORC poll of 1,110 adults was conducted March 23-27 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.

Interviews were conducted online and using landlines and cellphones.



AP-NORC: https://www.apnorc.org/

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