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Few Have Been Hurt by Government Shutdowns

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As the lame duck Congress wrestles with the level of federal spending, most voters agree a government shutdown is bad economic medicine, but they also don’t think higher spending is the answer. Very few say they’ve actually been hurt by shutdowns in the past.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 31% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a partial government shutdown by authorizing government spending at a higher level. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree and would prefer a shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree to either cut spending or keep it as its current level. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 26-27, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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