Cutting Defense Spending Less Unpopular Than Health/Education Cuts

Apropos of this post about the military-industrial complex’s disproportionate influence over political elites, A.B. points me to this section of the latest NYT poll:

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As you can see, the public is hardly clamoring for cuts in defense spending. But defense cuts are more popular than the sort of cuts in domestic social programs that the Beltway deems more feasible. Barack Obama, leader of the political party that’s more friendly to health & education spending and more skeptical of defense spending, is proposing a “freeze” on non-entitlement non-security spending whereas the idea of reducing the Pentagon budget to where it was in the waning days of the USSR is considered a fringe position.