House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 federal budget proposal to cut up to $6 trillion in federal spending over the next decade while fundamentally reforming Medicare and other federal entitlement programs is generating a moderately stronger level of opposition, according to Rasmussen Reports.
"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters continue to favor the budget proposal by Ryan that claims to cut federal spending by $4 trillion over the next decade. But that’s unchanged from a month ago," Rasmussen said about its latest national survey.
"Now, however, 34% oppose Ryan’s proposal, up from 27% in the previous survey. A sizable 40% still don’t know enough about the plan to have any opinion of it," Rasmussen said.
It appears that Ryan's proposal to reform Medicare to base it on a voucher system much like that used by Members of Congress and federal civil service employees is the focal point of the growing concerns.
"Just 21% of all voters favor the plan for changing Medicare that is included in the Ryan budget proposal. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose that plan," Rasmussen said.
"But again 40% are not sure about it. The question did not offer any specifics about Ryan's proposal which includes allowing individuals to purchase private health insurance as an alternative and raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67," the pollster said.
"Earlier polling showed that voters overwhelmingly believe any proposed changes in Medicare should require voter approval before they can be implemented," he said.
For more from Rasmussen, including wording of the questions, go here.