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Posted at 5:32 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Pew poll shows big GOP divisions on spending

By Jon Cohen

A new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows a deep split among the Republican Party about government spending.

Republicans who agree with the tea party political movement tend to be much more likely than those who don't to say that spending should be decreased. On 13 out of 18 areas of federal spending tested in the new Pew poll, tea party Republicans are at least 14 percentage points more apt than other Republicans to want cuts.

The starkest differences appear when it comes to agriculture and health-care spending.

When it comes to federal spending on agriculture, 46 percent of Republicans who identify with the tea party say they want budget cuts, compared with just 13 percent of non-tea party Republicans. Both groups are more supportive of cuts in health-care outlays, but the gap is just as big: 66 percent of tea party Republicans want cuts, but it's a far slimmer 34 percent among other Republicans.

There are only negligible differences among the GOP when it comes to decreasing on maintaining federal spending on infrastructure projects, defense and veterans' benefits.

By Jon Cohen  | February 11, 2011; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Federal Budget Deficit, Republican Party  | Tags:  Budget deficit; poll; economy poll, Pew Research Center  
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Comments

It seems to me the more insightful point of this survey is that Democrats are only willing to decrease spending in ONE category: Defense. Out of 18 possible choices, Democrats only are united in one area. That gives me no hope for bipartisanship on deficit reduction and shows that Democrats have absolutely no idea or no conviction about our debt.
THAT should have been the point of this survey.

Posted by: techsan | February 15, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

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