Americans Would Cut 2017 Funding at These Agencies

larry1235 / Shutterstock.com

Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to cut the federal budget by about $50 billion in fiscal 2017, according to a new survey.

The poll, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, found majorities in both parties -- when provided with background information on the subject -- support an overlap of $10 billion in specific areas in which to cut. That includes a $3 billion reduction in subsidies to agricultural corporations, $1 billion at the departments of State and Justice, $1 billion at intelligence agencies and the same amount to Overseas Contingency Operations. A majority of all respondents agreed to trim “federal enforcement of federal laws” by $1 billion.

As a group, Democrats identified $50 billion in cuts in annual appropriations, while Republicans found $49 billion.

PPC called the survey a “citizen cabinet” that consisted of a representative panel of 6,949 voters. The respondents go through a “policymaking simulation” that provided them with information as if they were lawmakers.

Respondents were given 31 line items to which they could either change funding levels or to leave them alone. A majority of Republicans did not elect to increase funding in any category. Most of the party would like to see cuts to housing programs, “science in general,” the space program, medical research, land management and environmental regulation between $1 billion and $6 billion. Republicans also supported cutting spending on mass transit, highways, education, job training and renewable energy between $1 billion and $5 billion.

A majority of Democrats agreed on boosting funding for education, energy efficiency, environmental regulation and job training. The respondents voiced support for trimming OCO by 12 percent and $34 billion from the Defense Department’s base budget. In some areas Democrats agreed with Republicans, but stood out for accepting $3 billion in cuts to the Homeland Security Department.

About four in 10 Republicans found an argument laid out by the surveyors that the government is valuable to be at least somewhat convincing, while 85 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents said the same. More than 90 percent of Republicans found an argument that government is a problem at least somewhat convicting, compared to 47 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of independents.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 17, 2015, and Dec. 14, 2015, and had a margin of error of plus or minor 1.4 percent. 

President Obama will unveil his fiscal 2017 budget proposal on Tuesday.

(Image via  / Shutterstock.com)

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.