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May 1, 2018

Half of New Jersey residents would support a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, even if it required “major spending cuts,” according to a recent Stockton University poll. Thirty-eight percent would oppose a balanced-budget amendment, and 12 percent are unsure.

But those polled do not agree where cuts should be made, and overall a majority balk at making spending cuts in key programs to balance federal revenues and spending.

The poll of 709 adult residents found that 78 percent say the national debt is a major problem, and 16 percent consider it a minor problem. Four percent say it is not a problem at all, and 2 percent are unsure.

Those who support a balanced-budget amendment were asked how they feel about spending cuts in three areas: the military, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and safety-net programs such as welfare and Medicaid. While none of the three proposed cuts were supported by a majority, close to half the respondents would choose to cut programs to help poor people. Other results include:

  • 59 percent oppose cuts to the military, while 40 percent would support them;

  • 74 percent are against cutting Social Security or Medicare, while 24 percent would support it and 2 percent are unsure; and

  • 50 percent oppose cuts to welfare or Medicaid, and 48 percent support such cuts with 2 percent unsure.

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