Campaign 2010

Feb 27, 2013

Polls Agree: Americans Oppose Republicans On Sequester, Support Compromise Approach

An unbroken line of polls over the past week shows that the American people oppose the sequester, believe it will devastate our economy and favor a balanced approach to dealing with our budget deficit. House Republicans continue to stand in the way of preventing the sequester from taking place – and would rather protect tax breaks for the well-connected instead.


  • In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “52 percent of respondents say the sequester cuts are a bad idea, versus just 21 percent who say they’re a good deal.” [NBC/Wall Street Journal, 2/26/13]


  • A new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe that Congressional Republicans are to blame if there is no agreement reached. [USA Today/Pew Research Center, 2/21/13]


  • In a new Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll, 60 percent of Americans believe “automatic federal spending cuts would have a major effect on the U.S. economy” and 55 percent believe the same to be true for the military. [Pew Research Center/Washington Post, 2/25/13]


  • According to a Bloomberg News poll, “almost three in five Americans say the budget deficit should be curbed through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases on companies and high earners, rather than focusing exclusively on spending reductions.” [Bloomberg News, 2/21/13]


  • In polling conducted by Small Business Majority, “four in five small employers support reforming the corporate tax code in a way that remains revenue positive by closing tax loopholes that favor large corporations, while reducing the top corporate tax rate.” [Small Business Majority, 2/20/13]

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