Poll: Americans oppose Trump border wall funding

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A majority of Americans in a poll released Thursday oppose new spending for President Trump’s planned wall along the border with Mexico.

survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 58 percent of Americans oppose new spending for the border wall, while just 28 percent support it. Along party lines, 86 percent of Democrats oppose new spending for the wall, as do 57 percent of independents.

{mosads}A majority of respondents also opposes the president’s proposed decrease in funding for scientific and medical research. Sixty-four percent of Americans oppose decreased spending on scientific and medical research and just 19 percent support it.

A majority of Americans, 52 percent, also oppose funding decreases for spending on the environment and combating climate change.

Pollsters found that more Americans oppose than support the proposed decrease in spending on public television, radio and the arts.

Americans are largely in favor of the president’s proposed budget increases for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), however. Nearly three-quarters of Americans support funding increases for the VA, compared with just 8 percent who oppose the increases.

Half of Americans also favor increased spending on border security, compared with 32 percent who oppose it.

The poll was conducted from March 23 to 27 among 1,110 adults. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Trump last month made public his first federal budget blueprint, revealing a plan to dramatically reduce the size of the government.

The president’s proposed budget called for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce. It also proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending.

In his budget, Trump asked for $2.6 billion for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as $1.5 billion that he requested for it in a supplemental spending measure for this year.

The budget also cuts funding to the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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