Pew: Majority prioritize investing in health care reform and education over deficit reduction.

During his primetime press conference last month, reporters repeatedly asked President Obama whether he would have to abandon his priorities in order to grapple with the budget deficit. But in a new survey, Pew Research finds that a strong majority of the American people prioritize increased spending on most of Obama’s goals over cutting the deficit. 59 percent say that when it comes to budget tradeoffs, they “would place a higher priority on spending more money to make health care more accessible and affordable than on reducing the budget deficit.” A nearly identical majority (58 percent) also said that they place a higher priority on investing to improve education than on deficit reduction.