National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted September 14-15, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the federal budget debate in Congress?
2* Congress is negotiating over a budget with a looming September 30 deadline. Which do you favor – a federal budget that increases spending or one that cuts spending? Or should spending levels remain about the same?
3* If Democrats and Republicans fail to reach a budget agreement soon, there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government. Payments for things like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would continue, but some federal government services could be shut down until an agreement is reached. Would a partial shutdown of the federal government be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?
4* Would you rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at existing levels or would you rather have a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut?
5* Some members of Congress refuse to approve a budget unless it slows or stops funding for the new health care law. Would you rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending for the health care law at existing levels or would you rather have a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on what spending for that law to cut?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence