Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/1...#ixzz2E3G1pluoThe coalition of voters that gave President Barack Obama a second term splits over how to reduce the deficit, according to a poll released Monday.
A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Yet 41 percent who supported the Democratic incumbent want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts.
Just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit, half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.
Personally I feel like the discretionary budget has already been cut too far, and that cuts to Social Security and Medicare border on the immoral (given that current recipients paid into the system expecting certain services). But defense spending strikes me as place badly in need of cuts and reform. The amount we spend on defense is beyond nonsensical, to me.