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A new poll shows that Americans, by a narrow margin, are saying “enough” to helping needy people around the world.

According to a new study released Monday from Pew Research Center, 31 percent of Americans want to decrease spending for programs that help the needy.

Twenty-nine percent say the government should spend more, and 38 percent say leave it the same.

They also believe the nation should cut its spending on the State Department and its embassies.

But except for those two categories, and with the nation facing a staggering nearly $20 trillion in debt, Americans want the government to increase spending for veterans, education, highways, Medicare, health care, scientific research, military, environment, anti-terrorism, Social Security and even to help the needy inside the U.S. and the nation’s unemployed.

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Overall, and in a reversal from the last eight years, 48 percent of Americans now want a bigger government providing more services, while 45 percent want a small government providing fewer services.

The change comes as President Trump approaches his 100th day in office.

“This marks the first time in eight years that as many Americans have expressed a preference for a bigger as a smaller government,” the Pew report said. “Support for bigger government has increased 7 percentage points since last September, when more said they preferred a small government offering fewer services (50 percent) than a bigger government providing more services (41 percent).”

The last time the result was similar to the one this week, Pew said, was in October 2008, just before Barack Obama was elected.

The two sides aligned with the two major political parties, with 74 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying they want a smaller government. Among Democrats and their cohorts, 65 percent want a bigger government.

The survey contacted 1,501 adults April 5-11. A total of 375 were contacted on landlines, another 1,126 on cell phones.

By a margin of 75-3, Americans want more spending on veterans, 67-9 for more spending on education, 58-7 for highways, 51-9 for Medicare, 50-18 for health care, 48-12 for science, 46-20 for the military, 46-19 for the environment, 46-11 to anti-terror efforts and 46-6 for Social Security.

Democrats by a larger margin favor social program spending and Republicans pick military defense and anti-terror efforts as their top two priorities.

The study reveals that support for bigger government programs comes mostly from those ages 18-29 and 30-49, those with a high school diploma or less, those with less than $30,000 in income and those who self-identify as “liberal.”

“Those with family incomes of $75,000 or more are much less likely than those with lower incomes to say they’d prefer a bigger government that provides more services. Just about a third of those earning $75,000 or more (35 percent) say this, compared to 44 percent of those with family incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 and nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those making less than $30,000 a year.”

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