Poll: Republicans Would Get Blame For Sequester Cuts
According to a new Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll, voters say that Republicans would get the majority of the blame if Congress is unable to reach a deal to avert te sequestration cuts:
More continue to say Republicans in Congress (45%), rather than President Obama (32%), would be more to blame if an agreement to prevent automatic spending cuts is not reached before the deadline; 13% volunteer that they think both would be equally to blame. Opinion is about the same as in a Pew Research Center/USA TODAY survey conducted a week ago.
In December of 2012, a 53%-majority said Republicans in Congress would be to blame if an agreement on the fiscal cliff was not reached, just 27% said Obama would be more to blame.
In the current survey, about as many independents say Republicans in Congress (39%) as President Obama (32%) would be more to blame if an agreement on spending cuts is not reached. A week ago, independents blamed Republicans in Congress by a somewhat wider margin (47%-29%); and in December, 52% of independents would have blamed Republicans more for going over the fiscal cliff, compared with 21% who would have blamed Obama.
The interesting thing, of course, is what impact the whole thing will actually have if the cuts don’t turn out to be as catastrophic as the Obama Administration and the Democrats are claiming.