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Poll: Number of Americans who think sequester has hurt economy has fallen

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Beltway Confidential,Sean Higgins

The latest Marist poll finds that despite President Obama’s warnings earlier this year of the dire impacts of the budget sequester, a majority now thinks they have had either no effect on the economy or had a positive one. Almost three-fourths say the sequestration has either had no effect on their family or even helped it:

When it comes to the impact of the automatic spending cuts on the economy, 40% of adults nationally say they have had no effect on the economy. 36% believe they have had a negative impact while 14% say the sequester cuts have had a positive one. 10% are unsure. Similar proportions of registered voters share these views.

There has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who think these across-the board spending cuts have had little impact on the nation’s economy. When McClatchyMarist reported this question last month, 27% of residents thought sequestration would not affect the economy. Nearly half — 47% — said the economy would be adversely affected, and 19% thought it would be positively impacted. Seven percent, at that time, were unsure.

On the personal side, almost two-thirds of adults — 65% — say these automatic budget cuts have not had any effect on their family. 26% report the sequestration has had a negative impact while 6% think it has had a positive one. Three percent are unsure. Registered voters reflect the views of Americans.

Here, too, there has been an increase in those who aren’t feeling the impact of sequestration. Last month, 48% of Americans did not anticipate any effect on their family.  39% said the automatic spending cuts would have a negative impact on their personal finances while 10% thought it would have a positive impact on them. Three percent were unsure.

Hat tip: Greg Sargent.

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Sean Higgins

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The Washington Examiner