Americans overwhelmingly say that in general they prefer cutting government spending to paying higher taxes ...
Of course, but ...
Yet their preference for spending cuts, even in programs that benefit them, dissolves when they are presented with specific options related to Medicare and Social Security, the programs that directly touch the most people and also are the biggest drivers of the government’s projected long-term debt.
So, who's going to pay for it all?
If Medicare benefits have to be reduced, the most popular option is raising premiums on affluent beneficiaries. Similarly, if Social Security benefits must be changed to make the program more financially sound, a broad majority prefers the burden fall on the wealthy.
But, of course.
Link via Calculated Risk.