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.

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"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. Andy

    What? Nearly 3 out of 4 say govt. shutdown bad for country??!! I'd expect 4 out of 4. Granted, I'm rather idealistic and not smoking what nearly 25% polled are.

    September 26, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that we should sacrifce technological advance in order to help people is just foolish. These tea people don't think that we need to help advance technology. They have no vision and no understanding that much of the basic reseach is sponsored by the federal government. We have to invest in the future and help those that have been hurt by natural disasters. It has to be both. I am sure that are other things that can be cut if they must. I say that we cut support for the interstate highway in those people's congressional districts among other things.

    September 26, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    3 out of 4 Americans don't want the government to shut down ... and yet the teabaggers are insisting on it ... so much for the "will of the people." Just like the Republicans who ignored the "will of the people" when we elected a Democratic President, House and Senate in 2008.

    September 27, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @GOP Failed America: "Jesus wouldn't be too proud of the GOP/Tea Baggers."

    Here's EXACTLY what Jesus would have said (Matthew 25:37-40) “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Sounds like a Liberal to me ...

    September 27, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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