By Justin Sink
But that's also earned some media scrutiny and criticism from Republicans, who say the White House is exaggerating the potential consequences. On Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized for claiming teachers would receive "pink slips" ahead of the cuts.
"When I said 'pink slips' that was probably the wrong word," Duncan told reporters. "Language matters, and I need to be very, very clear."
Still, more Americans blame congressional Republicans for failing to reach a deal before the deadline. Of those surveyed, 38 percent pointed the finger at the GOP, while one-third blamed Obama and 19 percent said both sides equally deserve the blame.
Unsurprisingly, a majority of Republicans (69 percent) blame Democrats, while a majority of Democrats (72 percent) blame Republicans.
In general, Americans prefer that the sequester be replaced by a plan that includes a combination of spending cuts and taxes, with 56 percent of those surveyed favoring that approach. Republicans have said they want to offset the sequester exclusively with budget cuts, an approach favored by 35 percent of respondents.