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Attitudes Toward the Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling, October 2013

Attitudes Toward the Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling, October 2013

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Updated October 15, 2013: This new research paper presents the latest polling data on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. The collection also includes historical data on attitudes toward the 1995 government shutdown and the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations. This document will be updated regularly as new surveys are released.
Updated October 15, 2013: This new research paper presents the latest polling data on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. The collection also includes historical data on attitudes toward the 1995 government shutdown and the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations. This document will be updated regularly as new surveys are released.

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Attitudes Toward the Government Shutdownand the Debt Ceiling
Latest data and historical trends | October 15, 2013 | Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg
2013 Government Shutdown
Recent Questions andTrends 
How Serious?
Q: In your view, how serious a problem is this shutdown of the federal government
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extremely serious,quite serious, just somewhat serious, or not that serious?Extremely Quite Just somewhat Not thatserious serious serious seriousNov. 1995 NBC/WSJ 29% 28% 23% 18%Oct. 7
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9, 2013 NBC/WSJ 46 27 18 9Q: Have you or anyone in your family been affected by the federal government shutdown, in terms of employment, services, or benefits?Yes, have been No, have not beenaffected affectedNov. 1995 NBC/WSJ 18% 81%Jan. 1996 NBC/WSJ 18 81Oct. 7
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9, 2013 NBC/WSJ 31 68Q: Overall, do you think the federal government shutdown which began Tuesday, October 1, 2013 is . . .?A major problem A minor problem Not a problem atfor the country for the country all for the countryOct. 3
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7, 2013 AP-GfK/Roper 68% 24% 5%Q: Have you personally or has anyone in your household felt any impact from the federal governmentshutdown, or not?
 
Yes NoOct. 3
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7, 2013 AP-GfK/Roper 17% 81%Q: Have you personally or has anyone in your household felt any impact from the federal governmentshutdown, or not?Oct. 3
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7, 2013 AP-GfK/RoperYes NoTried to visit a government website and found it wassuspended due to the shutdown 12% 85%Contacted your congressperson directly to express yourfeelings about the shutdown 8 89Tried to visit a government office and found it was closed dueto the shutdown 6 91Tried to visit a national park or other tourist attractionmanaged by the government and found it was closed due tothe shutdown 6 91Had difficulty using or obtaining government-funded benefits,such as VA benefits, WIC assistance or disability benefits 5 92Been furloughed or had your work hours cut in connectionwith the government shutdown 3 94Had difficulty buying or selling a home because of the
shutdown’s impact on the Federal Housing Administration
2 96Q: So far, the Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama have not reached a final agreementon the federal budget. As a result, the federal government has shut down for the first time in almost 18years and will remain that way until some agreement is reached. Do you view the shutdown as a crisis, amajor problem, a minor problem or not a problem at all?A major A minor Not aA crisis problem problem problem at allOct. 3
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6, 2013 CNN/ORC 18% 49% 18% 14%Demographics Democrats 24% 52% 17% 7%Republicans 18 46 16 18Independents 13 48 20 16Q:
How concerned, if at all, are you about the government shutdown’s effect on the U.S. economy? Are
you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?Very Somewhat Not too Not at allconcerned concerned concerned concernedOct. 3
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6, 2013 Pew 48% 29% 14% 9%Q: Have you or a member of your family been personally inconvenienced by the shutdown of the federalgovernment? Was it a major inconvenience or a minor inconvenience?Yes, major Yes, minor No, not
 
inconvenience inconvenience inconveniencedOct. 3
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6, 2013 Pew 15% 13% 71%Q: Do you personally view the shutdown was a crisis, a major problem, as a minor problem, or as not aproblem at all?Crisis Major problem Minor problem Not a problemNov. 14, 1995 Gallup 11% 40% 33% 14%Nov. 17
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18, 1995 Gallup 12 40 31 14Dec. 15
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18, 1995 Gallup 12 44 30 13Oct. 2
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3, 2013 Gallup 21 49 18 8Q: As you may know, Republicans in Congress and President Obama have failed to reach an agreementon a new federal budget, which means there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government untilan agreement is reached. How serious a problem is the shutdown of the federal government?Serious Not seriousOct. 1
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2, 2013 Fox News 81% 17%Demographics Democrats 92% 6%Republicans 71 27Independents 83 17Q: Do you believe you or anyone in your family will be significantly affected by the federal governmentshutdown?Yes NoOct. 1
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2, 2013 Fox News 37% 59%Demographics Democrats 44% 52%Republicans 29 68Independents 38 58Q: Do you think you will be personally affected by the cutback in government services or programscaused by a partial government shutdown, or not?Yes NoOct. 1
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2, 2013 CBS News 47% 50%Demographics Democrats 50% 46%Republicans 37 61Independents 51 46Q: How likely do you think it will be that the economy and the stock market will take a severe downturndue to the partial government shutdown
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very likely, somewhat likely, or not very likely?Not veryVery likely Somewhat likely likely

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