[caption id="attachment_121971" align="alignleft" width="150"] Most Americans want increased spending on a host of popular programs, with education at the top of the list.[/caption]

As President Barack Obama and lawmakers spar over huge federal deficits, they're confronted by a classic contradiction: Most Americans want government austerity, a new survey shows—but they also want increased spending on a host of popular programs, with education at the top of the list.

The newly released General Social Survey asked people whether they believe spending in specific categories is "too much," ''too little," or "about right." It...

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