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Four in 10 Americans feel sequester pain

A new CNN poll finds that the effects of the sequester are increasingly being felt around the country, with four in 10 Americans saying  the cuts had greatly or somewhat affected them personally.

Lower income and rural Americans are more likely to report sequester-related pain. 

"More than half of Americans who make less than $50,000 a year say that the forced spending cuts have affected their personal finances, compared to only about a third of those with higher incomes," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Rural Americans are also more likely to report that those cuts have affected them personally than people who live in cities and suburbs."

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the sequester will cost the economy 750,000 jobs, though several private economists believe the loss will be significantly smaller.

President Obama has struggled to keep the spotlight on the sequester; this poll bolsters the White House argument that the cuts have been painful even if they haven't forced any government crisis. But Washington Post polling finds that even as most voters say they don't like the sequester, there is no agreement on how to replace the cuts.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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