Washington (CNN) – Nearly half of all Americans think they'll have to feel some personal pain in order to cut the country's massive budget deficit, according to a new national poll.
A CBS News survey also indicates that the public is split over whether they have more trust in President Barack Obama or congressional Republicans to lower the deficit.
Forty-nine percent of people questioned say that in order to reduce the deficit, government programs that personally benefit them will have to be cut, with 41 percent saying such cuts won't be needed. The poll indicates a partisan divide, with a majority of Republican and independent voters saying such cuts will be needed but a majority of Democrats disagreeing.
According to the survey, 37 percent say it will be necessary to raise taxes on people like themselves to help get the country out of the red, and the poll indicates that the expectation of tax increases rises among those people with higher incomes.
Forty-two percent say they trust the president to make the right decisions on reducing the deficit, with an equal amount saying they trust congressional Republicans to make the right choice, and nearly one in ten saying they trust neither side.
The poll also indicates that while a majority of Americans disapprove of health care reform (51 percent), a majority of the public (55 percent) also disapprove of efforts by congressional Republicans to defund the new law. According to the survey, 57 percent of Republicans support defunding the new law, with more than eight out of ten Democrats opposed. By a 49-38 percent margin, independent voters also oppose cutting off funding for health care reform.
The CBS News poll was conducted February 11-14, with 1,031 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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