Poll: Half in U.S. still have no opinion sequester's effect

April 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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PRINCETON, N.J., April 11 (UPI) -- Americans' view of the sequester has changed little since the cuts went into effect March 1, with about half saying they don't know enough to say, Gallup said.

Forty-nine percent of Americans said they don't know enough about the sequester to say whether it's been good for the country while 57 percent said the same about the sequester's effect on themselves, results of a Gallup poll released Thursday indicated.

Of those with an opinion, more said the cuts have been bad rather than good.

Americans' views toward sequestration haven't changed significantly across three Gallup surveys on the question despite increased news coverage of the effect of sequestration on government employees, some of whom begin taking unpaid furloughs this month. Also in the news were announcements by President Obama and Cabinet members that they would either return 5 percent of their salaries to the U.S. Treasury or donate it to charity.

Results of another poll by the Princeton, N.J., polling agency indicated most Americans favor congressional members returning part of their pay.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,025 adults conducted Saturday and Sunday. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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