March 28, 2017

Most Americans don't like the Trump budget

Popular Resistance -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.

A new Quinnipiac poll published Friday demonstrates that those proposals are deeply unpopular with most Americans.

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.

“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.

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