Pew’s most recent survey tested support for a long series of deficit-reduction options. The usual suspects came out on top — taxes on the rich and corporations, reducing military commitments and reducing foreign aid all had bipartisan support — and familiar faces, such as raising the retirement age, taxing employer-based health insurance and going after the poor, rounded out the bottom. But I was surprised to see so much support for reducing the home mortgage-interest deduction:


So long as I’m talking polls, the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll included a question about the Ryan budget. The phrasing, I think, was as vague and favorable as Republicans could hope for: “ Republicans in the House of Representatives approved a budget plan that would change Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly. These changes would affect Americans currently under age 55. From what you’ve heard about it, do you support or oppose this new plan for Medicare?” Nevertheless, 49 percent opposed it and only 32 percent supported it.