At a news conference last week, President Barack Obama said sequestration is "damaging our economy" and "hurting our people." But more than two months in, Americans by and large are less sure than ever what to think, with majorities unable to judge sequestration as good or bad, from a personal or a national perspective. These perceptions could change if sequestration dramatically affects Americans' daily lives in the months ahead. But even the high-profile air traffic controller dilemma did little to shift opinions. Americans' lack of outrage or discomfort may reveal that the threat of sequestration in the future will not prove to be an effective tool to motivate legislators to reach a budget compromise.
Andrew Dugan, Gallup