Voters Worried Over Deficit, Wary of Budget Cuts: Poll

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that an overwhelming number of Americans support efforts to cut the growing federal budget deficit, but are worried about how deep the cuts will go. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and K-12 education were among the programs participants in the poll said should not face funding reductions, while great numbers of Americans believe that placing a surtax on millionaires, cutting earmarks, scrapping defense programs deemed unnecessary by the military and eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas companies are among the best ways to reduce the deficit. A participating pollster, Bill McInturff, called the results a "cautionary sign" for a Republican Party focused on deep budget cuts.

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