Understanding the sequester

Most Americans expect the automatic spending cuts set to begin Friday to have a big effect on the economy and the military. And more say they would blame Republicans, rather than President Obama, should the sequester take effect — although the president’s advantage is slimmer than the one he held ahead of the “fiscal cliff.” But few are following the issue very closely or fully understand the implications of the planned cuts. Read related article. Explore the poll.

Source: This poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 21-24, 2013, among a random sample of 1,000 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. This survey was produced for The Washington Post by Capital Insight, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by PSRAI of Princeton, N.J | The Washington Post February 25, 2013
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