April 24, 2017

Republican/Lean Republican Democrat/Lean Democrat
20091 2011 2013 2017 2009 2011 2013 2017
% % % % % % % %
Health care  Increase spending  43 19 17 28 80 54 53 71
  Decrease spending 15 47 41 35 2 10 9 4
  Keep spending the same 34 30 36 33 15 33 34 24
  Don’t know (VOL.) 7 5 6 4 2 3 4 1
 
Anti-terrorism defenses in the U.S.  Increase spending 50 35 33 61 30 31 33 33
  Decrease spending 5 18 15 7 17 22 21 15
  Keep spending the same 39 45 49 30 44 45 44 51
  Don’t know (VOL.) 6 2 3 1 9 3 2 1
 
Veterans benefits and services  Increase spending 59 49 53 70 66 54 53 78
  Decrease spending 2 7 7 6 3 6 6 1
  Keep spending the same 31 43 39 22 28 39 38 20
  Don’t know (VOL.) 8 2 2 2 3 1 3 1
 
The State Department and American embassies  Increase spending  8 17 10 10 13 20
  Decrease spending 37 39 29 27 27 17
  Keep spending the same 47 40 57 50 55 59
  Don’t know (VOL.) 8 4 5 13 6 4
 
Social Security  Increase spending 33 34 36 46 45 53
  Decrease spending  19 17 10 7 6 3
  Keep spending the same 45 47 50 44 47 42
  Don’t know (VOL.) 3 3 4 2 3 2
 
Rebuilding highways, bridges and roads  Increase spending  30 33 55 45 44 61
  Decrease spending 28 18 7 17 14 7
  Keep spending the same 40 47 36 36 41 31
  Don’t know (VOL.) 2 1 1 2 1 1
 
Economic assistance to needy people in the U.S.  Increase spending 24 13 26 54 37 63
  Decrease spending 34 44 37 12 12 6
  Keep spending the same 37 38 35 33 48 30
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 5 2 1 3 1
 
Scientific research  Increase spending  25 28 25 33 51 44 46 60
  Decrease spending 21 32 30 20 8 14 14 6
  Keep spending the same 46 37 43 45 39 39 38 33
  Don’t know (VOL.) 8 3 3 2 3 4 2 1
 
Military defense  Increase spending  54 36 44 71 29 28 22 31
  Decrease spending 10 23 14 8 23 37 34 27
  Keep spending the same 32 40 41 20 41 33 40 41
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 1 0 1 7 2 3 1
 
Government assistance for the unemployed  Increase spending 30 12 9 13 59 44 36 41
  Decrease spending 26 46 53 44 6 12 16 10
  Keep spending the same 38 40 37 40 30 39 45 48
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 2 1 2 5 4 3 1
 
Medicare  Increase spending  37 29 24 35 67 50 45 61
  Decrease spending  10 20 19 15 5 5 10 5
  Keep spending the same 48 48 54 50 26 40 43 33
  Don’t know (VOL.) 4 4 2 0 3 5 1 1
 
Environmental protection  Increase spending 23 21 11 23 59 50 51 61
  Decrease spending 29 43 41 38 8 12 9 6
  Keep spending the same 44 34 47 38 28 37 37 33
  Don’t know (VOL.) 4 2 1 1 4 2 3 1
 
Economic assistance to needy people around the world  Increase spending  14 12 7 13 35 29 30 41
  Decrease spending 40 65 70 56 24 28 32 13
  Keep spending the same 39 21 22 29 36 39 34 45
  Don’t know (VOL.) 6 3 1 2 5 4 3 2
 
Education  Increase spending  53 47 45 52 81 78 72 78
Decrease spending 10 17 16 15 3 5 6 4
Keep spending the same 33 34 38 32 14 17 22 17
Don’t know (VOL.) 4 2 1 1 2 1 1 1

Pew Research Center

  1. Data for 2009 is based on partisans without leaners.