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.

235

54%

200

46%

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

We also asked independent voters this question on March 1, 2011. See the results here.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, August 28-August 31, 2011, N=333, margin of error +/-5.37%