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New Poll Finds Most Americans -- Republicans Included -- Don't Want Entitlements Cut

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Robert Granville reaches for a medicine bottle as he takes his prescription pills on February 25, 2009 in Miami, Florida.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On the heels of a $2-million grassroots campaign announced this week, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is hyping the results of a new poll that shows that most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, are opposed to cutting Social Security and Medicare as a way to reduce the deficit.

This is another example of a special interest group framing entitlement spending as untouchable before the Super Committee begins its work in earnest.

The survey, conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic pollsters, found that 82 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents and 58 percent of Republicans are opposed to cutting entitlements to drop the deficit. It also showed that 94 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Independents and 64 percent of Republicans favor raising taxes on the wealthy before cutting Social Security and Medicare.

"This poll shows what bipartisanship really means," NCPSSM president and CEO Max Richtman said in a statement. "When you step outside Washington, D.C. and talk to average Americans of all political parties ... the answer is the same: do not cut Social Security and Medicare to reduce the deficit."

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