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March 1, 2013

Obama slips below 50 -- $9 wage favored -- Gov. Kasich leads -- Gov. Chafee has low marks in RI

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 49%
(down 3 from yesterday; down 3 from a week ago)

SEQUESTRATION*

Asked of likely voters: "Currently, a $1.2 trillion spending cut, split between national defense and domestic spending, is due to take effect in March.  Which of the following comes closest to your opinion about those spending cuts: The cuts should go forward because the government is running large budget deficits and the debt is hurting our economy, or the cuts should be stopped because they will badly weaken our military and lead to job losses?"

Let cuts happen 37%
Stop the cuts 43%
Not sure 20%

WHO CONTROLS WASHINGTON*

Asked of likely voters: "Who do you think controls Washington--?"

President Obama 44%
Congressional Republicans 32%
Not sure 24%

MINIMUM WAGE*

Asked of likely voters: "Do you support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00?"

Support 52%
Oppose 40%
Not sure 8%

OHIO: 2014 GOVERNOR**
(among OH voters)

Gov. John Kasich (R) over Richard Cordray (D) +6
Gov. Kasich over Betty Sutton (D) +7
Gov. Kasich over Tim Ryan (D) +8
Gov. Kasich over Ed Fitzgerald (D) +10

Gov. Kasich's job rating:
53% approve, 32% disapprove

RHODE ISLAND: JOB RATINGS***
(among RI voters)

Approve/Disapprove
Barack Obama: 52%/48%
Gov. Lincoln Chafee: 26%/72%
Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts: 31%/40%
Sen. Jack Reed: 54%/39%
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: 44%/49%
Rep. David Cicilline: 27%/60%
Rep. Jim Langevin: 41%/46%

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the three most recently reported nationwide polls.
* Harper Polling, Feb. 25-26
** Quinnipiac, Feb. 21-26
*** Brown Univ. Taubman Center Public Opinion Survey, Feb. 21-23