CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, March 26, 20136:30 pm EDTAmericans' Views on Washington, the President, & the Budget Deficit
March 20-24, 2013
As gridlock in the nation’s capital continues, most Americans are not happy about theway things are going in Washington, including 30% who are angry – the highest in theCBS News Poll.
At 45%, President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating is below 50% for the first timesince he was reelected. His ratings on specific issues (including the economy) are alsodown from last month.
Most Americans want to cut spending and raise taxes to reduce the deficit, but arestrongly opposed to cuts in Social Security (79%) and Medicare (80%). Two-thirds areunwilling to have their own taxes raised in the name of deficit reduction.
On gun policy, there continues to be broad support for universal background checks(90% favor), but the public is divided on banning semi-automatic weapons.
Dissatisfaction with Washington & Direction of the Country
Amid the debate over the federal budget and the failure to come to an agreement to avoid thesequester, eight in 10 Americans are unhappy with how things are going in Washington,including 30% who are angry, up nine points since December and the highest level of anger recorded since the question was first asked in 2010.Dissatisfaction with Washington cuts across party lines, but Republicans and independents aremore likely than Democrats to say they are angry.
How do You Feel About Things in Washington?
Now12/20127/20115/20112/2010Enthusiastic 2% 3% 3% 1% 3%Satisfied1619142226Dissatisfied5054515453 Angry3021281917In addition, the percentage of Americans who say the country is headed in the right direction(32%) is down eight points since early February. That number had been inching up recently butis now back to where it was last summer. Nearly nine in 10 Republicans think the country is onthe wrong track; among Democrats, 60% say it is headed in the right direction.
Direction of the Country
Now2/20131/201310/20128/20124/2012Right direction32%40%38%39%31%31%Wrong track615457546261