Congressional Republicans made an issue out of the flight delays, accusing Obama of letting them happen for political reasons. While they have also tried to pin the sequester entirely on the White House, that effort never gained much traction. A February Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll found that 45 percent of Americans blamed congressional Republicans for the sequester and 32 percent blamed Obama.
But despite the attention the furloughs have received in the media, only 15 percent of Americans say they are following the story very closely. Forty percent say they aren't following it at all.