CNN Poll: Nearly 3 out of 4 say govt. shutdown bad for country
September 26th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Nearly 3 out of 4 say govt. shutdown bad for country

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans view the prospect of a new government shutdown as a bad thing for the country and would blame congressional Republicans more than President Barack Obama if a shutdown occurred, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 72 percent of people questioned say a government shutdown would be bad for the country, with one in four saying it would be good development.

See full results (PDF)

"It seems likely that the American public is growing weary of arguments in Washington over federal spending. In March, when an earlier threat of a government shutdown made headlines, 36 percent of all Americans thought that a shutdown would be good for the country," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

But the results of the blame game have barely changed. In March, Americans pointed the finger at Congressional Republicans by a 46 to 37 percent margin. Now, 47 percent would blame the Republicans in Congress if there were a shutdown, compared to only one in three who would place more blame on the president.

The poll's release comes as a congressional standoff between Democrats and Republicans over disaster relief funding threatens to possibly force a federal government shutdown.

The poll indicates a partisan divide over the issue.

"Republicans are nearly three times as likely as Democrats to think a shutdown is a good idea, but six in ten Republicans believe it would be bad for the country," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In March, a 53 percent majority of Republicans thought a shutdown at that point would be good for the U.S."

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from September 23-25, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    people questioned say a government shutdown would be bad for the country, with one in four saying it would be good development
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Quick, find the Teatroll in the above sentence!

    September 26, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. CBR

    Of course a government shutdown is a horrible idea. Could we just encourage our representatives to do some soul-searching and start working together to come up wioh solutions not stalemates.

    September 26, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Teatrolls do not speak for Americans.
    They are NOT the majority.
    They only speak for their American (and not so American) corporate patrons: The Koch Brothers, the Rupert Murdochs, et al.
    Teatards – as effective as their money has allowed them to be in infiltrating our heretofore democratic process – will soon discover that they are expandable pawns in a game that they are no where near prepared to take to the next level.
    Revelations.

    September 26, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Thanks to the teapublikans we are on the road to a third world country. Next time you call the President a nazi look in the mirror. If that doesn't scare you (if you can see your image) try looking up the koch brothers and armey and see how they created this "teabagging" party. It's all about the rich taking control of the country and screwing the middle class who helped build this country and make it was it is/was until 2008 when they decided that they didn't like the color of the man elected by a majority to be president!

    September 26, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Ex-GOP Con

    the things the

    G-roup
    O-f
    P-olitical
    T-erroristic
    E-uropean
    A-mericans

    will do to America just to win an election: government shutdowns, economic slowdowns, halting job creations or paying down the debt, and credit downgrades.

    September 26, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    3 out of 4 Americans need to devote their time and energy to keeping the GOBP away from the levers of government. They are not a political party, they are a cult.

    September 26, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's Obama's job!!! And his own responses!!!

    September 26, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. GOP Failed America

    Republicans are nearly three times as likely as Democrats to think a shutdown is a good idea because Repubs/GOP Tea Baggers want to destroy government as we know it. Most complain about socialism but scream if you touch their social security, a socialist system. Most of the social conservative GOP/Tea Baggers complain abou the poor and needy being a burden on the government, yet Jesus was the world's first bleeding heart liberal. Would Jesus give tax breaks to the rich or try to sustain the poor with minimum food/shelter? Would Jesus call people treasonous who were trying to help the economy get better?" Jesus wouldn't be too proud of the GOP/Tea Baggers

    September 26, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. pmk1953

    Keep the gov't agencies going, shut down congress.

    September 26, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Vern for Prez

    They need to shut the government down and let all the hard working politicians take some well deserved time off and figure out new ways to give the rest of the country the shaft. I enjoy paying them their well deserved salaries just to take it hard without a kiss. Atleast kiss me and be romantic while you're packing your pipe in my dirt hole.

    September 26, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. SecedingfromTexas

    Just heard Joe Manchin, D-WVA, offer an amendment to offset the FEMA funds by withdrawing some of the millions
    from the Iraq/Afghanistan rebuilding funds and spend it on Americans.
    Now, who could argue with that?

    September 26, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. a6102658

    There is always those constant 20 percenters that don care much about this country as long as can stick it to Obama.
    Tea Baggers are loosing their appeal to the American people, and that is a very good thing, this new disease needs to be eradicated from American politics.

    September 26, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Ben Dover

    3 out of 4.....so I guess there were no GOP/TEANUTS asked in this poll?

    September 26, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    We never said it would be easy getting Democrats to get federal spending in control after they had run amuk for 2 years. The Republicans know what they were sent to Washington for. They are doing a fantastic job for the American taxpayer, the unemployed and the future of our country. The point is, do what it takes. That's what is necessary at this point.

    September 26, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. bill

    I think Dominican Mama for Obama is having a bad Monday.

    September 26, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. TEA PARTY Mike

    Why is this an Obama vs Republican poll. Senate Democrats killed the Republican bill that would fund FEMA and pay for the increase by cutting 1.5 billion for loans to auto companies. Poll should be Republicans vs Senate Democrats. Since when do the auto companies need government loans to make cars? Let them borrow from private banks if they need to. The government priority at this time should be to fund FEMA and keep from increasing the deficits. Loans to auto companies do not even come close. Democrats want to shut down the government over this. If they do the will be destroyed in 2012 election. When the voters fully understand this was to protect loans to auto companies, they will be furious with the Democrats. A majority of voters did not support the auto bailouts and would not support loans to the auto companies either.

    September 26, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Incredible that one in four Americans (read: Tea Party) don't think a shutdown is a bad idea! It's political terrorism.

    September 26, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Actually, i am beginning to think we should have shut down the government. It isn't working anyway.

    Harry Reid, obstructionist in charge, is preventing it from working.

    September 26, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Vern for Prez

    I think it would be perfectly fine to take every last cent we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan that way we could bring our troops home. Why is it we can take care of every other country on the planet but our our own? We use to be a super power with great ideas and now we are a super joke with bad ideas. I haven't seen any of thd countries we help rush to help us. They all sit in their sand box countries and laugh and think of how to exploite even more from us. Our senior citizens freeze to death every winter because we don't help them but as soon as some sand monkey gets a runny nose we are there in a heartbeat with a box of tissues, food for his tummy and build him a new house just so he can come here and take even more from us. Stand up people.

    September 26, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Tony

    Yet, American voters keep on electing representatives (Republicans) who keep on causing the government to shut down. Sometimes you just can't explain stupid.

    September 26, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Terry, VA

    That would be the 50% that don't pay taxes and the government workers.

    September 26, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Terry, VA

    To all the sniffitts, dom...(obuumie momma) Rick nyC...you cats are on drugs. The tax rates are as I said and if you can prove me wrong send me a bill for $10,000 and I'll pay you. I have forgotten more about the tax code and business than you 3 put together knows.

    September 26, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Bad for country = Bad for President Obama = Good for Republicans.

    That's not math. That's bad science. Political science.

    September 26, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. kuewa

    Why does every issue have to be subjected to a popularity poll? If 75% had voted favorably for a government shutdown, would that make it OK? Or would it reflect population ignorance? The media duty should be to inform us via reasoned, in depth reporting- not popularity contests.

    September 26, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    I don't think that the republican'ts and the teabuggers give a flying anything what the public thinks!

    September 26, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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