Post-ABC poll: Most Americans still disapprove of sequester

May 24, 2013

The government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester remain unpopular for most Americans, with little difference in opinion across party lines, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released Friday.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they have felt a negative impact from the sequester, the poll shows.

The data indicates 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the sequester, which is roughly on par with the 57 percent who felt that way in April and the 53 percent in March.

Political affiliations seem to matter little, with 54 percent of Republicans disapproving of the cuts, compared to 59 percent of Democrats.

Federal employees protest the sequester outside the Department of Labor on March 20. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg).
Federal employees protest the sequester outside the Department of Labor on March 20. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg).

Among demographics, negative opinions peak at 69 percent among liberals, followed closely by independent women at 67 percent. Sixty-four percent of those with a high school diploma or less disapproved.

Income appears to play a role in how people feel about the matter. Support for the cuts peaks at 52 percent among people with incomes of $100,000 or more, but falls to 37 percent of those making $50 to $100 thousand and to 29 percent among those with the lowest incomes.

The poll shows President Obama with a slight edge over Republicans in Congress, 43 to 38 percent, when it comes to trust in handling the deficit.

The poll was conducted May 16 to 19 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or
minus 3.5 percentage points.

Below are a few graphs to help illustrate the data. For fmore information, view the full results.

 

 

Contributions to this report came from Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media. Pollsters included Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill, Scott Clement and Kimberly Hines. 

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