While some polls show that Americans in general support the vague idea of reducing government spending, when ask about specific programs, it’s a completely different story. According to Pew Research, foreign aid is the only program that a majority of Americans don’t want to see spending on increased or remain the same. From Pew:
This is probably a large part of the reason why Congressional Republicans love to talk about the federal government’s “spending problem” but basically never put forward a proposal to cut the spending of actual programs.
While it is not mentioned enough, this poll perfectly shows how far out on the radical fringe President Obama and many of the so-called “Washington Centrists” are on the issue of Social Security. Only 10 percent of Americans share the opinion that Social Security benefits should be cut. Obama’s position of Social Security is a true betrayal of his base given that just three percent of Democrats think Social Security spending should be reduced.
The progressive goal of increasing Social Security benefits to make up for the steady erosion of traditional pensions is substantially more in line with the true center of the country than the position of the President.