Americans ready to assign blame if government gets shutdown: equal share to Republicans and Obama administration.
There appears to be enough blame to go around if the federal government shuts down over an inability to agree on a budget.
According to Pew Research, 39 percent of Americans are ready to blame the Republicans in the House of Representatives if there is a shutdown of the government over funding, and 36 percent are ready to blame the Obama Administration. Those are identical numbers to a similar poll taken in April 2011 when the federal government was in a similar position.
Seventeen percent of Americans said they would blame both sides equally for the fiscal mess.
The Pew Research survey was conducted Sept. 19-22 among 1,00e adults nationwide.
Asked if they thought a budget deal would be reached before the Sept. 30 deadline, 46 percent said yes, while 45 percent said no. But 57 percent of Americans want their congressional representatives to show the willingness to compromise rather than let the government get shutdown. One-third of Americans believe their lawmakers should stick with their principles and refuse to pass a deal they don’t like.
Almost half of Republicans, and 71 percent of Americans who consider themselves Tea Partiers, said the lawmakers should stand on their principles and not back down on matter what. ON the other side of the coin, 76 percent of Democrats think lawmakers should compromise.
Among independent voters, 52 percent said they favored compromise and 36 percent said principles should remain in effect.
The House proposal to tie a budget agreement with defunding Obamacare was opposed by 50 percent of Americans, and favored by 38 percent. Among Tea Party Republicans, 87 percent want the defunding of Obamacare as part of any budget agreement. Among non-Tea Party Republicans, 54 percent preferred compromise while 38 percent want to stand behind the House proposal.
As to the effects of a government shutdown, 71 percent of Democrats predict it will have a major effect on the economy. Fifty-one percent of Republicans agree that it will have a major effect on the economy, but 51 percent of Tea Party Republicans say it will have only a minor effect. Twenty-two percent of Tea Partiers think the effect would be positive.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.