Most Americans would blame GOP for $1.2trln sequester cuts

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 08:40 hrs

Nearly half of Americans would blame Republicans if 1.2 trillion dollars in spending cuts go into effect on March 1, a new poll has found.

According to the Pew Research Center/USA Today Poll, 49 percent Americans would blame the congressional GOP as compared to only 31 percent who would blame President Barack Obama.

The spending cuts, known as the sequester in Washington-speak, would cut equally from defense and domestic programmes across the board.

While most of Washington has agreed the consequences of the sequester could be disastrous, economists have said it could cause another recession and military leaders have said it would harm national security, efforts to avert it are at a standstill, Politico reports.

Obama has said revenue from closing tax loopholes should be included in a deal, while the GOP wants it to consist exclusively of spending slashes.

Republicans get most of the blame despite an all-hands-on-deck effort by the GOP to blame the White House for the sequester, frequently pointing out the idea originated in the executive branch.

Most congressional Republicans voted for the sequester as part of 2011's Budget Control Act.

According to the report, if Congress and the White House can't reach a deal to replace the sequester, 49 percent of Americans want them to delay the spending cuts, originally scheduled to happen on January 1, even further.

Forty percent said they should allow the cuts to happen, it added. (ANI)

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