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. Data Driven

    @freedom,

    "This law was rammed through by Pelosi and Obama without one republican vote"

    That's because there were hardly any Republicans in national government from 2008-2010. And the ones who were there simply didn't vote for the bill.

    There was a NATIONAL DEBATE about Obamacare that lasted 14 MONTHS from 2009 to 2010. Nothing passed in the dark of night.

    October 4, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Sniffit

    ""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."

    Yeah, and if someone gave me a flying unicorn AND it could fart sparkly rainbows with pots of gold at both ends, then YES – I'd be painting the sky with farts IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.
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    Wow... almost sounds like an admission that, given the opportunity, we could better take care of our retirement than the government possibly could. Thanks for concurring."

    Umm, no...I was illustrating that your premises are nothing but unrealistic fairy tales.

    October 4, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Most intelligent individuals that work and pay thier own bills, know the shutdown is logical solution to avenge a bloated government.

    October 4, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Umm, no...I was illustrating that your premises are nothing but unrealistic fairy tales."
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    Why are they unrealistic fairy tales, Counselor? You think a 4% rate of return is unrealistic? Clearly since I began working in 1977, 4% is probably a low-ball, even in fix-rate instruments. Is 12.4% annual rate of contribution unrealistic? Clearly not, as that's what's being done right now. So what's unrealistic? The question is would I opt out of SS and I absolutely would, based on those 2 quite realistic stipulations.

    October 4, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    @ Data Driven -

    "I'll concede that 12.4% of a lifetime salary is a lot of money. Most people aren't self-employed, though, so back down to 6.2% we go. Not so much, now. Perhaps still better than Social Security checks – I'll even concede that, at least for the sake of argument. (Not sure it's true, though.) But again, it's the "socking away" part that becomes problematic. This is a paycheck-to-paycheck nation these days. Stagnant wages, rising cost of living. Most people can't "sock away" anything.

    And so we arrive back to the question: what do we do about folks who couldn't or wouldn't sock their 6.2% away? How expensive would it be to deal with such massive indigence? Perhaps more expensive than the SS contribution from our paychecks every 2 weeks? I think so"
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    The simple solution is to enforced the 6.2% AND employer match 6.2% into an IRA bached by fixed income securities that cannot be touched until retirement age. Just don't have it administered by the government, as they are clearly unable to manage and distribute the assets effectively.

    October 4, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "There was a NATIONAL DEBATE about Obamacare that lasted 14 MONTHS from 2009 to 2010. Nothing passed in the dark of night."

    Oooh oooh...allow me to bring it to the next stage: "But but but argle bargle they passed it without knowing what was in it derpa derp!!!!!!"

    Riiiiight....which is why that 14 months of debate was chock-full of GOP/Teatroll demagoguery about and mischaracterizations of very specific elements of the ACA. They had no idea what was in it, but still magically managed to pick numerous specific aspects of it to criticize and develop counter-factual talking points about.

    October 4, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    @Right Wing Insanity,

    "Most intelligent individuals that work and pay thier own bills, know the shutdown is logical solution to avenge a bloated government"

    The shutdown is costing is $300 million per day, according to all estimates.

    Real "logical"!

    October 4, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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