If the sequestration cuts go into effect on March 1st, as currently seems likely, most would blame the Republicans according to a new Pew Research poll. It found that 49 percent would blame Congressional Republicans if the sequester happens and only 31 percent would blame Obama. An additional 11 percent would blame both sides equally. From Pew:
While most people would technically blame the GOP for the cuts, the country is divide on whether or not letting the sequester happen is really that bad. If Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on a deficit reduction deal, 40 percent think we should let the sequester happen while 49 percent think they should be delayed.
The President has spent the last several weeks trying to explain how devastating the sequester would be but so far those efforts had only had a modest impact. The poll also found only 27 percent have heard a lot about the sequester, while 42 percent have heard a little, and 29 percent has heard nothing at all. Apparently it takes more than a few weeks to undo the effect of several years of over-hyping the importance of deficit reduction.
Obama currently does have the advantage in the fight but it is not large enough to be able to really put pressure on Republicans.