Spending Cuts Survey: Most Support Federal Spending Cuts, Undecided on Current Situation

A number of automatic spending cuts recently went into effect at the federal level as Congress and the President failed to come up with an alternative plan. While they are still working to find a solution, many of the current cuts are expected to become permanent. What does the American public think about the current situation and federal spending in general?

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Current Cuts

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 22% of respondents said that they support the current spending cuts that are going into effect across a number of federal agencies. 24% said they do not support the current spending cuts. 37% said they are still undecided about the current spending cuts. And 17% said they were not aware of the current spending cuts.

Job Ratings

Of those who are aware of the current spending cuts, only 11% said they would give President Obama a very positive rating for the way he has handled the situation. Another 19% said they would give him a somewhat positive rating. 30% said they are neutral or undecided. 14% gave him a somewhat negative rating. And 26% gave him a very negative rating.

Only 3% of US respondents familiar with the situation gave Congress a very positive rating for how they handled the spending cuts. 9% gave them a somewhat positive rating. 28% said they are neutral or undecided. 23% gave Congress a somewhat negative rating. And 38% gave them a very negative rating for their handling of the spending cuts.

Spending Cuts

In general, 21% of Americans said that they strongly support federal spending cuts. Another 33% said they somewhat support federal spending cuts. 22% said they don’t support federal spending cuts. And 24% said they are undecided.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: The city against the cuts from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on March 4 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.