People aren't sure what to think about the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, called a sequester, that went into effect Friday, according to a new Gallup survey released Tuesday.
"Americans' attitudes are mixed just a day or two after the sequestration budget cuts took place. Slightly more than half say in essence that the jury is still out -- that they don't know enough about the impact of the cuts to judge whether it is good or bad for the country or for themselves," a poll analysis found.
"Still, those who do have an opinion tilt toward saying the cuts will be bad rather than good, in line with what Gallup found before the cuts took place."
Here's more from the analysis:
"Democrats with an opinion are the most likely to view the cuts as harmful -- by ratios of about 5 to 1 and 6 to 1, respectively, they say the cuts will have a negative impact on the country or on themselves. Republicans and independents have much more mixed views.
"If nothing is done to change the course of the sequestration legislation going forward, the effects will almost certainly begin to be more evident to Americans -- through news reports or from firsthand experience."
To read the poll results: http://www.gallup.com/poll/160790/sequestration-starts-americans-unsure-consequences.aspx