Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Public splits with Bush on war spending, childrens' health insurance

clipped from blogs.usatoday.com

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that most Americans oppose President Bush's proposal to spend $190 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a "sizable majority" support the changes to a health insurance program for children that Bush has pledged to veto.

This lack of consensus extends to the president' war-funding proposal. About 70% of respondents say they favor reductions in the war budget, with half saying they want the allocation "cut sharply or entirely."

A third of respondents say they approve of the president's performance.

"When the parties are pitted directly against each other, the public broadly favors Democrats on Iraq, health care, the federal budget and the economy. Only on the issue of terrorism are Republicans at parity with Democrats," the paper says.

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