Today, Megyn Kelly claimed that the national debt is “the number one problem now facing all of Americans.” In the subsequent segment, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs agreed, calling deficit reduction “the number one issue in the minds and hearts of the American people” :
Meanwhile, here in reality, the top priority by a landslide is rebuilding the economy and providing jobs, not deficit reduction.
From a CBS News poll conducted November 7-10:
Dobbs, of course, wants to achieve the deficit reduction he thinks the American people want by slashing Social Security and Medicare. Guess what? That's not popular either:
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Americans skeptical of deficit-cutting proposals laid out by the chairmen of a commission appointed by the White House. In the survey, 57% of respondents said they were uncomfortable with gradually raising the Social Security retirement age to 69 over the next 60 years. Some 41% said they were somewhat or very comfortable with the idea.
Roughly 70% were uncomfortable with making cuts to programs such as Medicare, Social Security and defense in order to reduce the deficit, with 27% saying they were comfortable.