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.