CBS News PollFor release: Monday, March 4, 20136:30 PM ETSpending Cuts and Sequester
March 1-3, 2013Congress and President Barack Obama continue to remain at odds on how best to reduce thefederal deficit -- causing the automatic spending cuts referred to as “sequester” to start takingeffect on March 1. A CBS News Poll conducted as the sequester cuts were about to beginfinds:
53% say they personally will be affected by the cuts in the sequester. More (46%) saythose cuts will be bad for the country overall than say they will be good (34%).
Most Americans (56%) want to cut spending and raise taxes to reduce the deficit. But63% would prefer to see cuts planned without the automatic sequester. On this, parti-sans agree.
38% of Americans place more blame on the Republicans in Congress, while 33% blamePresident Obama and the Democrats in Congress more for the difficulty in reachingagreement on spending cuts by the deadline.
But both sides are urged to compromise. 73% want the Republicans in Congress to doso, and 78% say the same for the Democrats and the President.
Impact and Blame
Many Americans expect the budget cuts in the sequester to have a negative impact on thecountry overall. 46% expect the cuts will be bad for the country, because it forces cuts to impor-tant programs and services, while 34% expect them to be good for the country, because itforces the government to cut spending.There are differences by party. 46% of Republicans expect the sequester to have a positive ef-fect on the country, while 60% of Democrats think the impact will be negative.
Impact of Sequester on Country
AllRepsDemsIndsGood for country34%46%23%35%Bad for country46326043No impact12161011 And more than half, 53%, foresee their own lives being affected.
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