CNN Shutdown Poll: Plenty of blame to go around
October 7th, 2013
04:03 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Shutdown Poll: Plenty of blame to go around

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say the government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems for the country, according to a new national poll.

And while a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that slightly more people are angry at Republicans than Democrats or President Barack Obama for the shutdown, it is clear that both sides are taking a hit.

The poll, conducted over the weekend, was released on Monday, nearly one week into the partial shutdown over a push by tea party backed GOP lawmakers trying to dismantle or defund Obama's signature health care reform law.

According to the poll, 63% of those questioned say they are angry at the Republicans for the way they have handled the shutdown.

"But the Democrats are not getting off scot-free. Fifty-seven percent of Americans are also angry at the way the Democrats are dealing with the shutdown. And a 53% majority say they are also angry at President Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It looks like there is more than enough blame to go around and both parties are being hurt by the shutdown."

The CNN poll results are similar to those from a new Pew Research Center poll also released Monday and surveys from Gallup and CBS News/New York Times surveys conducted last week, which indicate slightly more people blaming - or angry at - Republicans than Democrats or the president for the shutdown.

Not surprisingly, huge majorities of Democrats are angry at the Republicans, and huge majorities of Republicans are angry at Obama and Democrats. Independents are equally angry at all sides, with 59% of Independents very or somewhat angry at the Democrats, six in 10 angry at the GOP, and 58% angry at Obama.

The poll indicates that 18% of the public says the shutdown is a crisis and an additional 49% say the shutdown has caused major problems.

"That's a higher level of worry than in November 1995, when the government shut down because the Democrats, led by President Bill Clinton, and the Republicans, led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, could not agree on funding. In 1995, 12% felt the shutdown at that time was causing a crisis and 44% thought it was a major problem," adds Holland.

The two-thirds who say the shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems is similar to the seven in 10 who said the same thing in the Gallup poll.

According to the CNN survey, Democrats are most concerned about the shutdown, although a majority of Independents and Republicans also say the shutdown is causing a crisis or a major problem.

There's also a gender gap, with three-quarters of women but only 57% of men saying the shutdown has caused a crisis or major problems.

Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed due to the shutdown, with many government services and agencies are closed, suspended.

The CNN poll was conducted October 3-6 by ORC International, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. just saying

    the main street media, aka the democrats propaganda machine, doesn't control the masses and the news like they did back in the 90's. lefties really really hate that!! it really really interferes with spreading their lies and blaming others for their failures.

    October 7, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. mentallect

    100% GOP's fault for shutdown.

    October 7, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Ted Testerson

    Republicans – Can I burn down your house?

    Democrats – No

    Republicans – Just the 2nd floor?

    Democrats – No

    Republicans – Garage?

    Democrats – No

    Republicans – Let's talk about what I can burn down.

    Democrats – No

    Republicans – YOU AREN'T COMPROMISING!

    October 7, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Momma G


    I do not know anyone that this is affecting. Stop whining and quit being so dependent on the government for everything.
    You all are like Borgs
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Just because you don't know someone personally this is affecting doesn't mean that there American's in a real pinch because of the actions of a few. I do know families affected from Mac Dill. Some where recalled today. I do know families that use Head Start while they attend college.

    How would you react if your employer told you not to come in, and we don't know when we'll be bringing you back? It must be nice to only have to work for grins and giggles...

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Mario

    From president Obama down to the last member of Congress no one should be paid until they don't find a real solution, acceptable to both sides. NO EXCUSES

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Shane T

    I fail to see how The Tea Party are economic terrorists when the democrats are the ones that put us 17 trillion in debt. Good try though.

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. smokey

    This is totally crazy!! Blame all of them! They are all be unreasonable. Keep it shutdown till everyone votes in 2014.

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. John Illinois

    Obamacare is just another gigantic welfare program the we cannot afford. Eliminate it!

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. vinster76

    Hey America!!! take your country back from Fascism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. abqTim

    sheesh. This happened in 1995 and 96 for like 3 weeks and nobody even remembers that fiasco...same thing here...big deal.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Harry101


    I have not heard anyone I have come into contact with blame anyone other then the gop/teaparty for the shutdown. And they haven't been very nice about it! They own this and no amount of shouting will change that
    II can believe that progressives don't want to talk to anyone who would dare to disagree with them. It may induce thinking.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. bill

    I think the GOP are better terrorists and more dangerous to America than the Taliban.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. maggie

    definitely the reps are to blame for buckling under tea bagger baggage....paying themselves not to work is the ultimate in dysfuntion....pass the debt ceiling and then get to work on managing the debt...don't just sit there and make it worse....

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. jrm03063

    This is about the absolutists of the Tea Party. It's not a problem when you have two different opinions – we've had that forever. As long as everyone understands that the result has to be a compromise landing somewhere in the middle. The problem is when ONE SIDE decides that they will – in all things – hold out for their extreme position regardless of the fact that we are a nation of many. The GOP started it when they decided that – rather than work on needed health care reform – they would seize that opportunity to try to do maximum political damage and, "try to make Obama a one term President". The Democrats were faced with a choice of either using their majority while they held it, or losing the best chance to deliver reform in this generation. They delivered in a last minute hail-mary play. The GOP couldn't backtrack on all the venom that they'ld expended trying to kill the ACA – so they went from extreme to more extreme. Now we've got a bunch of anarchists who are prepared to bring down the Republic if they can't have their way on particular legislative items (even after the Democrats have been more than willing to compromise elsewhere). There's no way forward if this is allowed to work – President Obama and the Senate must stand firm.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. rufus

    Waaah! I want my government.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Natrldiver

    It is no surprise that everyone in DC is at fault. Ideologies and personal opinions have become more important to protect ones political career than to have the interest of the American people. The Republicans finally have the ability to try to reign in spending but it is too late. We are so far into the hole that to clear our debts, we might as well put all of Washington on minimum wage until the crisis is over. The Democrats are no better. Running for six years with CRs is just kicking the snowball down the road. Ignoring the problem and no budget constraints helped push the deficit higher and at a faster rate than ever before.

    Before the Liberals chine in, look at the history first. Under Bush, the debt rose at an average of 500 billion per year during his two terms. Currently under the Obama administration, the debt is rising at a rate of 1.4 trillion per year. That is 2.8 times more than Bush.

    That being said, it is still an issue that belongs to both parties who have refused to work with one another because the leadership of the president has placed a wedge between us and running his press conferences to point blame saying he will not negotiate. What kind of leader is he? He is not a dictator. He is supposed to be a leader of a Republic.

    October 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Louie

    So everyone is angry... as long as Boehner is speaker we can all expect childish tantrum behavior from the GOP.

    October 7, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Deric

    So if I didn't want to do my job I was let go. Why are we paying for these people to not do their jobs??? We are in a recession and the only thing they can do is shut down the government. Let's get a new house. We should fire all of them.

    October 7, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. MickeyOregon

    They should all equally be fired and sent home. Neither the Executive Branch nor the Legislative have shown that they are interested in doing their jobs. The most contentious childish congress, and the laziest Executive, with the least integrity since Nixon (without any of his skills). Send them all home.

    October 7, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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