The sense of Congress is that...

We should not balance the budget on the backs of our seniors and poor. We need to cut back federal spending, but Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid should be off limits.

236

54%

199

46%

The minority position is that we will never get the deficit under control without dealing with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, because those three programs make up more than half of all federal domestic spending.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, March 1-March 3, 2011, N=370, margin of error +/-5.06%