March 15, 2019
A new national poll from Public Policy Polling shows overwhelming voter rejection of
President Trump’s newly released budget proposal because of its cuts to Medicare and
Despite Trump’s campaign promise to oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, he proposed a
budget that makes these cuts after he already gave new tax breaks to big corporations. 60% of
voters say they oppose Trump’s proposed Medicaid cuts, 72% say they oppose the Medicare
cuts and 50% of voters say they’re less likely to vote for him because of these proposed cuts.
Key findings from the survey include:
Voters overwhelmingly oppose the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in Trump’s budget:
- 72% oppose the Medicare Cuts in Trump’s Budget. By a 59-point margin (72% to
13%) voters oppose the proposed budget because it includes an $845-billion dollar
cut to Medicare. 81% of voters over the age of 65 say they oppose these cuts, and
70% of Independents also oppose the cuts to Medicare.
- 60% oppose the Medicaid Cuts in Trump’s Budget. By a 36-point margin (60% to
24%) voters oppose the proposed budget because it includes a more than $1-trillion
dollar cut to Medicaid. 59% of Independents say they oppose the cuts to Medicaid.
Voters say the budget makes them less likely to support Trump for reelection:
- 50% of voters say they’re less likely to support Trump because he broke his
promise not to cut Medicare and Medicaid - including 54% with independents –
while only 14% say they’re more likely to support him.
- 54% of voters say they’re less likely to support Trump because he cut Medicare &
Medicaid after giving away hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax breaks for
big corporations, including 57% of voters people over age 65 and 51% of
Independents. Just 15% say they’re more likely to support Trump due to the cuts.
- 52% of voters say they’d vote for Trump’s Democratic opponent for President if
the election were held today, compared to just 41% who say they’d vote for Trump.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 661 national voters by telephone on Mar telephone on March 13th and 14th, on
behalf of Protect Our Care. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.8%