Trump Budget Horrifies Majority of Voters, Poll Finds
Most Americans don’t want Elmo to get fired.
They also don’t want enormous funding cuts to medical research, after-school and summer programs, new road and transit projects, climate change research, and a program to help low income people heat their homes.
Those cuts—and many more—comprise the “morally obscene” budget put together by the Trump administration, and a new Quinnipiac poll published Friday demonstrates that those proposals are deeply unpopular with most Americans.
The numbers showing widespread disapproval of President Donald Trump’s budget are out just as public figures call for a “total shutdown” of government over the president’s alleged ties to Russia, and as Trump grapples with the apparent collapse of his attempt to pass a cruel and unpopular healthcare bill.
This latest poll also comes on the heels of other recent surveys that show tanking public support for the president and his policies.
Trump’s proposed severe funding cuts face disapproval by huge margins. The budget’s slashing of public funding for medical research, for example, faces a whopping 87 percent disapproval, with only ten percent of respondents voicing approval.
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“By wide margins,” Quinnipiac notes, “American voters say other proposed cuts are a ‘bad idea:'”
- 84 – 13 percent against cutting funding for new road and transit projects;
- 67 – 31 percent against cuts to scientific research on the environment and climate change;
- 83 – 14 percent against cutting funding for after-school and summer school programs;
- 66 – 27 percent against eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities;
- 79 – 17 percent against eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is also a “bad idea,” 64 percent of respondents said. Only 35 percent approved of the wall.
“[W]hen it comes to cutting public TV, the arts, after-school programs, and scientific research to improve the environment, it’s a stern ‘hands off’ from voters,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “And that wall? Forget it.”
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