While conventional wisdom holds that Republicans will incur the wrath of voters for the sequester, President Obama’s approval rating has taken a sizable hit in just the past few days, suggesting he may claim a significant portion of the blame.
Obama’s approval rating stood at 53 percent February 27 and at 51 percent on March 1, the day the sequester began – about the level where it had been for all of February – according to Gallup. In the three days since then, as post-sequester polling began to be included in Gallup’s three-day rolling average, Obama’s approval dropped to only 46 percent, with his negatives rising to the same level.
Obama’s polls faltered even as he staged daily events last week highlighting the negative consequences of the cuts and seeking to assign blame to Republicans.
What’s more, the country has not decided whether the sequester is a good or a bad thing.
According to Gallup, 51 percent of those surveyed March 2-3 said they didn’t know enough to make a determination about whether it would harm the country, and 55 percent said they didn’t know if it would hurt them personally. Only 26 percent said they expected to personally incur consequences from the spending cuts.