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The study [PDF] found that the public supports deep cuts to the defense budget, but is in favor of increased spending on job training, education and environmental regulations. In addition, the public showed a greater readiness than the House or the Obama administration to reduce overall spending and increase taxes.
"Clearly both the administration and the Republican-led House are out of step with the public's values and priorities in regard to the budget," University of Maryland School of Public Policy researcher Steven Kull, who conducted the study, said. "Our respondents would more than double funding for job training and cut deeply on defense."