A majority of Marylanders would cut federal subsidies to agricultural companies, reduce foreign aid and increase taxes on the wealthy to help balance the budget, according to a Citizen Cabinet poll conducted by the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and released on Thursday.
The poll, which finds bipartisan support for a number of deficit reduction measures, comes days before the White House is expected to release its budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
Majorities of Marylanders agree on $7 billion in spending cuts and $91.3 billion in new revenue, including an increase on income tax on income over $200,000 and taxing carried interest earned by hedge fund managers like ordinary income, the poll found.
"Many members of Congress are quick to blame the public when they fail to make hard choices," said Steven Kull, director of the University of Maryland's Program for Public Consultation and the survey’s director. "However this in-depth survey shows that voters in both parties can make hard choices and that Republicans and Democrats can find common ground."
The group is testing a new way of polling, focusing on complicated issues with the goal of putting respondents through the same thought process as lawmakers who represent them. The group polls nationally, and takes subsamples in California, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
The Maryland sample included 490 registered voters.
The survey was conducted from Sept. 17 through Dec. 14 and, in the Maryland results, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.