CNN Poll: You're feeling the forced spending cuts
April 9th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: You're feeling the forced spending cuts

Washington (CNN) - It looks like the effects of the forced spending cuts are starting to kick in with Americans, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday also indicates that the cuts, known inside the Beltway as the sequester, appear to be mostly affecting lower-income Americans.

According to the survey, more than two-thirds of Americans say that the cuts have greatly or somewhat affected the nation's economy and more than four in ten say that the cuts had greatly or somewhat affected them personally. Both of those numbers are up by seven to eight percentage points since a mid-March poll taken two weeks after the forced spending cuts took effect.

"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," says 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."

INTERACTIVE: Measuring the impact of spending cuts

The $85 billion in cuts for the rest of fiscal year 2013, which ends September 30, were mandated by a 2011 agreement by Congress that raised the federal debt ceiling. In an attempt to motivate legislators to compromise on a deficit-reduction plan, the agreement required $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts over a decade if Congress failed to strike a deal to shrink the deficit by that amount. The cuts targeted agencies and programs dear to Democrats, such as education, and also went after Republican priorities, including the military.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International, from April 5-7, with 1,012 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Tom Cohen contributed to this report


Filed under: Budget • CNN/ORC International poll
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Ed1

    You have to cut spending money we don't have I think that's called common sense 101 or as Obama would say WHAT is that.

    April 9, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Just Stating the Obvious

    It is too bad they are feeling it but that is Obama's plan, to hurt them as much as possible. He won't cut the billions of waste, fraud and abuse. The vulnerable are much easier targets and he hopes your screaming will prevent him from making any future cuts as the country goes bankrupt.

    April 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Ed1

    You have to cut spending money we don't have I think that's called common sense 101 or as Obama would say WHAT is that.

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    Yet it's never a problem when the rethugs are in charge. In fact crashcart cheney is on record and on video stating clearly that "deficits don't matter". Meanwhile, President Obama has reduced the deficit by 2.5 trillion – and that was AFTER he added the rethug wars & Medicare Part D to the books so Americans could see firsthand what they're really paying for.

    April 9, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Just Stating the Obvious

    It is too bad they are feeling it but that is Obama's plan, to hurt them as much as possible. He won't cut the billions of waste, fraud and abuse.

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    I know right? One quick audit of the Pentagon would lead to massive exposure of fraud, waste & abuse.

    April 9, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. mario

    gop congress is very happy with it,,,you vote for them so now, eat it

    April 9, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Justin

    I sorta don't believe this. I believe that people say they have fealt the cuts... but how? I knew people who were broke and unemployed loooong before the recession in 2008 that started using it as an excuse as to why.

    April 9, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. WiredweirdinSF

    I feel wonderful about the cuts and would welcome some more. It is just to bad that the most corrupt, inept, incompetent, lying president we ever had has gone ahead and directed is staff to make them as painful as possible to the American taxpayer for political gain over the Republicans. You notice that none of his dope addicted, non-taxpaying, union thug supporters are being hurt by the sequester. Hey but they stole the election for him.

    April 9, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Waste , abuse , fraud. When it's someone else gets the benefit. Targeted Govt. Spending to provide needed services when it's you getting the benefit.

    April 9, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. aj

    I thought FoxNews claim there's no effect. What a bunch of losers.

    April 9, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. lerianis

    Ed1, we have PLENTY of money or would if we would stop giving exceedingly large tax breaks to corporations who do not use them for the reasons that we originally gave them for.

    Such as the power companies and the numerous dollars we have given them to upgrade and reinforce the power system in America, yet they just give it to shareholders as profit. Breaking the law by doing that, by the way.

    April 9, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Ron Jeremy's stunt double

    when it comes to what is hurting average americans......payroll tax increase > sequester

    April 9, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Just Stating the Obvious

    Malory Archer
    Yet it's never a problem when the rethugs are in charge. In fact crashcart cheney is on record and on video stating clearly that "deficits don't matter".
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    Why do all you people live in the past? We are talking about real problems in the here and now. Do you honestly think the country can continue to borrow and spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR for the next 10-20 years? If so then you need to get some professional treatment.

    Meanwhile, President Obama has reduced the deficit by 2.5 trillion – and that was AFTER he added the rethug wars & Medicare Part D to the books so Americans could see firsthand what they're really paying for.
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    Seriously??? Obama CLAIMS to have reduced FUTURE DEFICTS with mystical future cuts. Just like that "Doc Fix" that never happens. Meanwhile the country still runs ONE TRILLION DOLLAR deficts NOW, EVERY YEAR. Promises to cut cut future spending are meaningless without some cuts NOW. Both have to happen.

    April 9, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. julnor

    lerianis, taking less is not giving. Giving less is not taking. Why don't liberals understand this? And remember, corporations don't pay taxes, they collect them from their customers.

    April 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Justin

    @ Malory Archer

    Yet it's never a problem when the rethugs are in charge. In fact crashcart cheney is on record and on video stating clearly that "deficits don't matter". Meanwhile, President Obama has reduced the deficit by 2.5 trillion – and that was AFTER he added the rethug wars & Medicare Part D to the books so Americans could see firsthand what they're really paying for.
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    Yes another useful i diot of the democratic party. The deficit is not, and has NEVER been 2.5 trillion, so how could Obama have cut it by that much?

    Obama inherited a deficit of 800 billion, after his first year in office it was 1.4 trillion, now its currently down to something like 1.2 tril for 2012.

    Try being less of a useful idiot, and more informed. Then maybe people like Obama wouldn't get elected

    April 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. STL Mike

    BS. The furloughs notices have not even been sent yet. HOW DID THESE PEOPLE FEEL THE PINCH ALREADY??

    This is just a bunch of liberal BS 'Oh look! Those poor people are suffering because of those heartless Republicans!'

    Ask those same folks for some details and I bet they clam up. "Can I get my free cell phone now?"

    April 9, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Lauradet

    Thumbs up Republicans, you should be proud of yourself. And for those that keep voting for them wait until it hits your pockets, then you'll be crying.

    April 9, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all GOP guys in 2014.

    April 9, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. just sayin

    Malory Archer
    I know right? One quick audit of the Pentagon would lead to massive exposure of fraud, waste & abuse.
    -–

    or even easier, medicare, medicaid, disability, food stamps, free phones, free housing, free healthcare,.... nobody defrauding the us taxpayers there right?

    April 9, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. aCriticalEye

    Although $86B is a lot of money but a small portion of our large economy that, it will slow our economic growth but not stop it. The bad news, the furloughs are about to kick in, then everyone will feel it, more so little people on the bottom of the food chain.

    April 9, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Just Stating the Obvious

    It is too bad they are feeling it but that is Obama's plan, to hurt them as much as possible.
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    It takes a special sort of delusion to relate the Democrats to hurting the poor rather than Republicans who never, ever do anything to help anybody but the wealthy – and the radical social conservatives whose votes they critically need.

    April 9, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. just askin

    how many billions of dollars has obama and the democrats flushed down the green jobs toilet? government loans for luxury electric cars? all of the obama green energy bs needs to be reclassified as waste, fraud and abuse.

    and the tens of millions of dollars the obama's have spent on their luxurious lifestyle? make them pay for their seperate vacations. why are we getting stuck with twice the bill?

    April 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Ready to get back to work at my National Park

    Sequester has put the Seasonal Summer Maintenace Worker out of work at your favorite National Park. I know many of us who work hard all summer, cleaning restrooms hauling visitors trash, mowing and cleaning camping areas and road shoulders, restoring historic buildings, downing dangerous trees, building and clearing trails, fighting fire that are out of work because of buget cuts.

    April 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. yanni

    It must be hurting! conservative groups are lobbying for industries to stop the sequester, New York Times article. Unintended coincidence it was supposed to hurt the middle class.

    April 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. TheZel

    That was a drop in the bucket; now imaging if the id1ots like the Paul's got their way, and balanced the budget solely on budget cuts. Hello third world, hello revolution. Oh and by the way peeps, the rich never start the revolutions in the world, it's always those who have got nothing to lose.

    April 9, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. anonymous

    Oh, get a clue, people. It doesn't matter what Obama says, the Republicans want to do any and everything that hurts the middle class or the lower class. Obama tried to get the rich to pay more in taxes but they refused, so now here we are. Don't act like it's all his fault. Congress has to support him. Any decision he makes otherwise has no pull.

    April 9, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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