Poll: Three-quarters of Americans want shutdown to end
October 4th, 2013
09:29 AM ET
7 months ago

Poll: Three-quarters of Americans want shutdown to end

Washington (CNN) – More than seven out of 10 Americans disapprove of the government shutdown, and they say they're angrier than they've been about the way things are going in Washington.

The CBS News poll, which was conducted after the shutdown began and was released Thursday night, indicates 72% of Americans are not in favor of the shutdown that resulted from disagreements over the federal health care law.

As the country enters day four of the shutdown, no progress has been made in Congress to reach an agreement to restore funding to the federal government and bring back more than 800,000 furloughed employees.

The GOP-dominated House has been trying to push through a series of small bills to fund various entities of the government bit by bit. But Senate Democrats and the White House have made it abundantly clear they will accept nothing less than a proposal that funds the government all at once.

Nearly half of the country (43%) is "angry" with the way things are going in Washington, the highest in CBS News polling. Slightly more (44%) are simply "dissatisfied," while 8% are "satisfied" and 2% are "enthusiastic."

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But who's to blame? The survey indicates both parties share blame, but 44% of Americans think Republicans are at fault, while 35% say Democrats and President Obama are responsible for the shutdown. Seventeen percent blame both.

That falls in line with a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday that also shows Republicans will be blamed more than Democrats for the standoff.

The country is split on when they think the shutdown will end. Just over half (51%) say the standoff will be resolved in the near future, while 42% say it will "take a long time."

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About one in five Americans (21%) say the priority for Congress should be to stop Obamacare from taking effect, while 73% say lawmakers' top job right now is to get the government running again.

Nearly half (47%) say they are personally affected by the shutdown and 50% say they're not affected.

CBS News interviewed 1,021 Americans by telephone from October 1-2. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's all the GOP teaparty fault and they have nothing to show for it , the GOP teaparty garbage of America and CRUZ are total failures and will be replaced in their next elections!!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Data Driven

    "2% are "enthusiastic."

    Ticker conservatives?

    October 4, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. the hippies were right

    35% blame the democrats for republicans adding an amendment to the spending bill, when the amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the spending. I think it's safe to say what percentage of the people polled are idiots!

    October 4, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Anonymous

    So far, I'm not "personally" affected by the shut-down, but I am personally offended and angered by the rhetoric
    coming out of some of the Republicans:

    Tim Griffin, R-AR, vile comment "stop the violent rhetoric President Obama............." No, he did not apologize...
    Neugebauer, R-TX, his attack on the park service employee,
    McConnell and Paul and their plotting caught on tape
    Tex Cruz, needs no introduction
    The list is long.
    Yet these awful people are getting paid, and still doing nothing but hurling insults. They obviously have no
    concern about the American people or what their pettiness is doing to the economy.
    The shame is theirs – not the park service employee that Neugebauer attacked (verbally).

    October 4, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. MaryM

    Time to put and end to this and get Americans back to work

    October 4, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. The Elephant in The Room

    My hope is tens of thousands of Americans will storm the Capitol and chant "Let Them Vote". This is a democratic majority not a Banana republic where a minority band of Tea Partiers get to enginewer a bloodless coup and install the Romney Ryan agenda. Republicans jkust want to neuter Mr. Obama they have no greater interest. They hate the man and have been plotting HIS demise since the night of his inaghuration in Jan 2009.

    October 4, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Anonymous
    So far, I'm not "personally" affected by the shut-down, but I am personally offended and angered by the rhetoric
    coming out of some of the Republicans:
    --------

    I look forward to the election ads coming their way. This isn't over for GOPers ... not by a long shot.

    October 4, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. ST

    I hoped the polls should have shown 101% are not in favor of the shutdown at all. It is really a shame of what the greatest nation on earth is showing to other developing countries. It is also a shame to republicans who campaigned in 2010 to create jobs and got elected (by the way they haven't created any job so far), let those jobs which were in place already, be stopped. What kind of a game is this one? Anyone knows?

    October 4, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    The shutdown is the major legacy of the rebranding of the Republican Party by ignoring the House leadership of Speaker Boehner and marching lock step mindlessly behind Sen Ted Cruz.

    October 4, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Doug in NYC

    I place the blame squarely on the House Speaker Boehner for letting RAFAEL Cruz usurp control on the house. In fact the Speaker's new name should be House Speaker John Flaccid!!

    October 4, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Cal

    Woke up today and Obamacare is still the law of the land. People are signing up by the droves for the Affordable Care Act. Yes another beautiful day in America

    October 4, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Eugene in Seattle

    Keep the government closed until Obama care is history. Socialism in America is just wrong.

    October 4, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. jinx9to88

    According to the GOP the majority of Americans wanted this. I am confused!!

    October 4, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Data Driven

    @Eugene in Seattle,

    "Socialism in America is just wrong."

    Then you'll be returning your Social Security checks and you'll refuse Medicare? Maybe you can get the government to reimburse you penny for penny for your contributions thus far. With that scant reimbursement, you can take of yourself in your old age.

    It's scant, by the way, because we ALL pitch in, which means we don't have to pitch in that much to make the programs work.

    Anyway - good luck.

    October 4, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who amongst us doesn't know what this is really about?
    You can spin it any way you want but this is nothing more than a modern day lynching of our duly elected President.

    October 4, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    The biggest single lie being told is that Dems will not negotiate or even discuss the matter of ObamaCare. It was negotiated extensively and voted into law in Congress. Then it was argued and discussed extensively in the Supreme Court and vetted. The Dems are simply saying they will not re-re-discuss it all over again from scratch.

    Obama's soundbite should be "I will not reopen this for a third round of from-scratch discussion."

    Congress, Supreme Court, President, sounds like a civics class lesson to me.
    Conservatives want a new 4th branch of government, The Petulant Whiners.

    October 4, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Anonymous

    @Lynda/Minnesota:

    I agree, but I also know that here in Texas it is an uphill battle for some of us, considering who the people
    keep electing. The stupid tea party is very alive and well down here. God help us!

    October 4, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. teaparty days are numbered

    BUULSEYE, Dominican mama 4 Obama, BULLSEYE!!!

    October 4, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. plain and simple

    The blame belongs on the backs of the members of Congress and the Senate who fail to show enough backbone to put country first. The followers of Ted Cruz who represents a group of fundamentalists from a small group from Texas....is simply asinine. This group is such a minor part of this great country ,yet they possess their power because the mainstream politicians do not stand up and fight for what is right!!! This is the message...get a backbone!!!

    October 4, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Bessy

    teaparty days are numbered

    BUULSEYE, Dominican mama 4 Obama, BULLSEYE!!!

    I agree ! The Republicans couldn't stop Obama from being elected a 2nd time so they will just shut down the country. It is time to shut them all out of office. We also need new laws that state anytime these guys play games with the lives of the country they have their pay and benefits totally held. They get nothing!

    October 4, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. S.B. Stein

    My concern is that many on the right don't see this as a problem. I guess they aren't one of the employees of the government or a contractor that sells a product or service to the government. What about the social welfare programs that keep people fed or in good medical condition? There aren't enough well funded non-profits to pick up the slack for times like this. It would be nice for the government not to need to do this, but there isn't an alternative currently available.

    October 4, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Anonymous
    @Lynda/Minnesota:

    I agree, but I also know that here in Texas it is an uphill battle for some of us, considering who the people
    keep electing. The stupid tea party is very alive and well down here. God help us!
    -----------–

    You have my best regards for what has got to be a most horrific nightmare. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like living in GOPerville on a permanent basis.

    The TeaPers have all but bankrupted the GOP here in Minnesota. A little something to dream on ... yes?

    October 4, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    After the fiasco of Election Night last year, why would anyone take the GOP seriously when they say the country is with them on this? Are they still using Dick Morris and Karl Rove, since they have been sooooo right in the past ( please note sarcasm), or do they still insist its the meda against them, or that their messaging needs tweaking ( please reference recentl GOP minority/women outreach results)? Which excuse will they come up with after this send them into political Siberia?

    October 4, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Anonymous wrote
    I agree, but I also know that here in Texas it is an uphill battle for some of us, considering who the people
    keep electing. The stupid tea party is very alive and well down here. God help us!
    -------------------------------------------------
    That is what I think will happen again in 2014 Anonyous. The re-election of these very same anarchists and greed-powered representatives.
    The American electorate has a history of self-induced amnesia of very recent and major events (see the folks in Colorado ousting those Reps over gun laws).
    The very same people who have created this reckless situation are banking on us being the ill-informed, forgetful electorate that we have shown ourselves to be in the past. We will once again re-elect these folks based on name recognition due to the millions being funneld into their campaigns by special interests and 2 brothers. And if that doesn't cinch it gerrymandering of districts should finish the job. Add to that the fact that we're not know for turning out in droves to elect our representatives in Congress and I would not be surprised if we shoot ourselves in the foot again in 2014.

    October 4, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    @ Data Driven

    "Then you'll be returning your Social Security checks and you'll refuse Medicare? Maybe you can get the government to reimburse you penny for penny for your contributions thus far. With that scant reimbursement, you can take of yourself in your old age."
    ----------
    If the government offered me all of the money AND my employers put into Social Security with a reasonable 4% rate of return (interest) compounded annually, the YES – I'd opt out of Social Security IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.

    October 4, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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