Republican/Lean Republican Democrat/Lean Democrat
20091 2013 2017 2019 2009 2013 2017 2019
% % % % % % % %
Health care  Increase spending  43 17 28 27 80 53 71 73
  Decrease spending 15 41 35 33 2 9 4 5
  Keep spending the same 34 36 33 36 15 34 24 19
  Don’t know (VOL.) 7 6 4 5 2 4 1 2
 
Anti-terrorism defenses in the U.S.  Increase spending 50 33 61 55 30 33 33 30
  Decrease spending 5 15 7 7 17 21 15 21
  Keep spending the same 39 49 30 35 44 44 51 45
  Don’t know (VOL.) 6 3 1 4 9 2 1 5
 
Veterans benefits and services  Increase spending 59 53 70 71 66 53 78 72
  Decrease spending 2 7 6 4 3 6 1 3
  Keep spending the same 31 39 22 23 28 38 20 22
  Don’t know (VOL.) 8 2 2 1 3 3 1 3
 
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 34 36 38 45 53 57
  Decrease spending  17 10 11 6 3 6
  Keep spending the same 47 50 49 47 42 33
  Don’t know (VOL.) 3 4 2 3 2 4
 
Rebuilding highways, bridges and roads  Increase spending  33 55 57 44 61 64
  Decrease spending 18 7 9 14 7 7
  Keep spending the same 47 36 31 41 31 27
  Don’t know (VOL.) 1 1 4 1 1 3
 
Economic assistance to needy people in the U.S.  Increase spending 13 26 27 37 63 62
  Decrease spending 44 37 29 12 6 9
  Keep spending the same 38 35 40 48 30 27
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 2 4 3 1 2
 
Scientific research  Increase spending  25 25 33 40 51 46 60 62
  Decrease spending 21 30 20 20 8 14 6 8
  Keep spending the same 46 43 45 37 39 38 33 28
  Don’t know (VOL.) 8 3 2 3 3 2 1 2
 
Military defense  Increase spending  54 44 71 56 29 22 31 26
  Decrease spending 10 14 8 10 23 34 27 31
  Keep spending the same 32 41 20 32 41 40 41 39
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 0 1 3 7 3 1 3
 
Government assistance for the unemployed  Increase spending 30 9 13 10 59 36 41 47
  Decrease spending 26 53 44 39 6 16 10 10
  Keep spending the same 38 37 40 46 30 45 48 40
  Don’t know (VOL.) 5 1 2 5 5 3 1 3
 
Medicare  Increase spending  37 24 35 38 67 45 61 68
  Decrease spending  10 19 15 13 5 10 5 4
  Keep spending the same 48 54 50 46 26 43 33 26
  Don’t know (VOL.) 4 2 0 3 3 1 1 2
 
Environmental protection  Increase spending 23 11 23 29 59 51 61 73
  Decrease spending 29 41 38 29 8 9 6 3
  Keep spending the same 44 47 38 40 28 37 33 22
  Don’t know (VOL.) 4 1 1 2 4 3 1 2
 
Economic assistance to needy people around the world  Increase spending  14 7 13 15 35 30 41 49
  Decrease spending 40 70 56 50 24 32 13 12
  Keep spending the same 39 22 29 31 36 34 45 36
  Don’t know (VOL.) 6 1 2 3 5 3 2 3
 
Education  Increase spending  53 45 52 56 81 72 78 84
Decrease spending 10 16 15 16 3 6 4 4
Keep spending the same 33 38 32 26 14 22 17 11
Don’t know (VOL.) 4 1 1 2 2 1 1 1