Poll: Most still opposed to forced spending cuts
May 24th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
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Poll: Most still opposed to forced spending cuts

Washington (CNN) - The forced spending cuts remain unpopular with Americans, according to a new national poll.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey's Friday release comes as four federal agencies shut down for the day due to the forced spending cuts, known inside the Beltway as the sequester.

The poll indicates that 56% of Americans disapprove of the forced spending cuts, basically unchanged from the 57% who said the same thing in an April ABC News/Washington Post poll and the 53% in their March survey.

There's little partisan divide in the poll, with 54% of Republicans and 59% of Democrats disapproving of the cuts. But income appears to be a factor in feelings about the sequester. Fifty-two percent of those making $100,000 or more support the cuts. That number falls to 37% for those making $50,000-$100,000 and down to 29% for lower income Americans.

Friday employees at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget are furloughed for the day. They include nearly 115,000 workers, or more than 5% of the 2 million-strong federal workforce, who are being forced to spend Friday at home without pay. It was triggered by the March 1 federal spending cuts that shaved $85 billion from government agencies and programs through Sept. 30.

According to the poll, conducted before the furloughs, 61% said they were not personally feeling any negative impact from the forced spending cuts, with 37% saying they felt a negative impact.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted May 16-19, with 1,001 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jennifer Liberto contributed to this report.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    "So if you don't care, why should you even argue a position? Do you just like to see what your incorrect, unimportant, useless arguments look like on a blog...and Yes, I do get it....You've got nothing to offer nor no credible position...have a nice day if possible for a person with zero compassion for anyone other than themselves."
    In the words of Hillary Clinton – "What difference does it make" (who makes up the 47%).
    It makes all the difference in the world. Do you really consider retirees to be parasites, when they have worked all their lives? If someone is on assistance because they are disabled ( not because they have scammed the system), should they be thrown out into the cold? This blind insistance on throwing out this statistic without ever drilling down into it is simply irresponsible, as well as lazy. They do pay taxes, every single time they buy gas or make a purchase. Why you refuse to recognize this, and keep singing the same, discredited tune?

    May 24, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    There are those that think there is a free lunch. Spending Cuts? You mean I am going to have to fend for myself? You have got to be kidding ! Where is my Nanny ! Out collecting my Food Stamps of course. Spending Cuts unpopular? Somebody must doing something right. We need more spending cuts. BUT NOT FOR ME !!!
    The sequester ( A GOP idea) is slowing the recovery, so, naturally you love it. I've never seen anyone feel such joy from the idea of a slow economic recovery, and parrot back the same tired phrases conservatives have been mouthing for 3 generations, as you do. Nice to know the Murdoch/Ailes propaganda machine has such a loyal flunkie. What are you doing to make it better, since you seem to feel the burden is all on the individual? Probably nothing beyond posting slogans from the Alf Landon campaign book.

    May 24, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Minnie Mouse

    If forced spending cuts are not acceptable and since no can agree, then start having every department take control of his or her own (and or state) with a less percentage amount of money issued each year. Everyone will have no choice each year but to cut costs. With the debt continually rising, you have got to keep cutting costs. Each department or state can do it as a group effort or team to determine what exactly needs to be cut and determine what the impacts are going to be or if anything or anyone is going to be effected at all. When your making drastic cuts by being forced, it's to huge of an impact to where you can't operate properly. Year round money watching, by means of pretty budget out your state/departments yearly. This is the only advantage to get ahead of the debt and wipe it out!

    May 24, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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