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February 26, 2013

Ds +5 on generic ballot -- Sequestration impact -- Tuesday trivia

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 53%
(up 1 from yesterday; no change from a week ago)

DIRECTION OF COUNTRY*

Right direction 37%
Wrong track 54%

GENERIC BALLOT: CONGRESS**

Democrat 43%
Republican 38%

SEQUESTRATION***
(among adults nationwide)

"How well do you feel you understand what would happen if automatic federal spending cuts take place next week--very well, fairly well, not too well, or not at all well?"

Very well 18%
Fairly well 35%
Not too well 25%
Not at all well 21%

"If automatic federal spending cuts take place, do you think they would have a major effect, a minor effect, or no effect on _____ ?"

(Major effect/Minor effect)
The U.S. economy: 60%/25%
Your own personal financial situation: 30%/40%
The federal budget deficit: 45%/31%
The U.S. military: 55%/25%

TUESDAY TRIVIA:
Who was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate?
(see answer below)

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the two most recently reported nationwide polls.
* Bloomberg, Feb. 15-18
** Rasmussen, Feb. 18-24
*** Pew Research/Washington Post, Feb. 21-24

TUESDAY TRIVIA ANSWER:
Hiram Rhodes Revels served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi from February 23, 1870 - March 3, 1871.