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     Budget, Taxes, Economic Policy


 

See also:  Business | Economic outlook | Obama's ratings on the economy, deficit, etc.

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 21-23, 2014. N=1,045 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, on a regular basis, Congress must pass bills that authorize the federal government to spend money. When that legislation expires, the government must shut down until Congress passes a new spending bill.

"Suppose the federal government had to shut down for a few days because Congress did not pass a new spending bill. Would you view a government shutdown that lasted a few days as a crisis, as a major problem, as a minor problem, or as not a problem at all?"

 
    Crisis Major
problem
Minor
problem
Not a
problem
 
    % % % %  
 

11/21-23/14

20 39 24 17  
             

"Now suppose the federal government had to shut down for a few weeks because Congress did not pass a new spending bill. Would you view a government shutdown that lasted a few weeks as a crisis, as a major problem, as a minor problem, or as not a problem at all?"

 
    Crisis Major
problem
Minor
problem
Not a
problem
 
    % % % %  
 

11/21-23/14

39 38 14 9  
             

"If the federal government shuts down, do you think that Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for that?"

 
    Barack
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/21-23/14

33 50 13 2 2

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 13-16, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As you may know, starting in January Republicans will gain full control of both houses of Congress. Should Republicans in the current Congress support a spending bill that runs through September 2015, or should they support a SHORT-TERM bill so they can use spending as a negotiating tool when the new Republican Congress begins next year?"

 
    Support a
bill through
Sept. 2015
Support a
short-term
bill
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

11/13-16/14

30 45 21 4  

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 6-9, 2014. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you have a sense that the gap between the rich and everyone else is getting bigger, staying about the same, or getting smaller compared to 10 years ago?"

 
    Getting
bigger
Staying
the same
Getting
smaller
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

67 20 9 4  
             

"In thinking about the gap between the rich and everyone else, do you think it would be better for the government to implement policies designed to shrink that gap, or better for the government to stand aside and let the market operate freely even if the gap gets wider?" Options rotated

 
    Government
implement
policies
Let market
operate
freely
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/6-9/14

44 47 9    
 

3/7-10/14

45 43 12    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 23-27, 2014. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

             

"When you think about the current economic conditions, do you feel that this is a situation that Barack Obama has inherited or is this a situation his policies are mostly responsible for?"

 
    Obama
inherited
Obama
responsible
Some of
both (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

47 39 12 2  
 

6/20-24/12

60 26 11 3  
 

11/2-5/11

60 28 9 3  
 

8/27-31/11

56 33 9 2  
 

6/9-13/11

62 25 10 3  
 

12/9-13/10

65 21 12 2  
 

9/22-26/10

56 32 10 2  
 

1/10-14/10

65 17 16 2  
 

10/22-25/09

63 20 15 2  
 

6/12-15/09

72 14 10 4  
 

2/26 - 3/1/09

84 8 6 2  
             

"Which of these best describes your view of the economy during Barack Obama's presidency? The economy has improved, and I give Barack Obama some credit for it. The economy has improved, but I do not give Barack Obama much credit for. The economy has not really improved." Options rotated

 
    Improved:
Some credit
to Obama
Improved:
Not much
credit to
Obama
Not really
improved
   
    % % %    
 

4/23-27/14

41 17 42    

 

Gallup Poll. April 3-6, 2014. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you consider the amount of federal income tax you have to pay as too high, about right, or too low?"

 
    Too high About right Too low Unsure  
    % % % %  
  4/3-6/14 52 42 3 3  
  4/4-7/13 50 45 2 3  
  4/9-12/12 46 47 3 4  
  4/7-11/11 50 43 4 3  
  4/8-11/10 48 45 3 4  
  4/6-9/09 46 48 3 2  
  4/6-9/08 52 42 2 4  
  4/2-5/07 53 41 2 3  
  4/10-13/06 48 44 2 5  
  4/4-7/05 51 44 2 3  
  4/04 50 43 3 4  
  4/03 50 46 2 2  
  1/03 47 50 1 2  
  4/01 65 31 1 3  
  4/00 63 33 1 3  
  9/99 68 28 1 3  
  7/99 60 37 * 3  
  4/99 65 29 2 4  
  1998 66 31 1 2  
  1997 58 38 1 3  
  1996 64 33 1 2  
  1994 56 42 - 2  
  1993 55 41 2 2  
  1992 56 39 2 3  
  1991 55 37 2 6  
  1990 63 31 2 4  
  1985 63 32 1 4  
  1973 65 28 1 6  
  1969 69 25 - 6  
  1967 58 38 1 3  
  1966 52 39 0 8  
  1964 56 35 1 9  
  1963 52 38 1 8  
  1962 48 45 0 7  
  1961 46 45 1 8  
  1959 51 40 2 7  
  1957 61 31 - 8  
  1956 55 35 1 9  
             

"Do you regard the income tax which you will have to pay this year as fair?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/3-6/14 54 41 5    
  4/4-7/13 55 42 3    
  4/9-12/12 59 37 5    
  4/7-11/11 57 40 3    
  4/8-11/10 59 36 5    
  4/6-9/09 61 35 4    
  4/6-9/08 60 35 5    
  4/2-5/07 60 37 3    
  4/10-13/06 60 34 5    
  4/4-7/05 61 34 5    
  4/5-8/04 62 33 5    
  4/7-9/03 64 33 3    
  4/5-7/02 58 37 5    
  4/6-8/01 51 46 3    
  4/6-7/99 45 49 6    
  3/24-26/97 51 43 6    
  11/15-20/46 60 34 6    
             

"As I read off some different groups, please tell me if you think they are paying their fair share in federal taxes, paying too much, or paying too little. How about [see below]?"

 
    Fair share Too much Too little Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Lower-income people"

  4/3-6/14 33 41 23 3  
  4/4-7/13 37 40 19 4  
  4/9-12/12 33 40 24 3  
  4/7-11/11 37 40 21 2  
  4/8-11/10 35 39 22 4  
  4/6-9/09 41 39 16 4  
  4/6-9/08 32 51 13 4  
  4/2-5/07 34 45 17 4  
  4/10-13/06 36 46 12 6  
  4/4-7/05 36 51 10 3  
  4/5-8/04 35 49 12 4  
  4/03 36 49 12 3  
  4/99 34 51 11 4  
  4/96 40 48 9 3  
  4/94 43 42 12 3  
  3/93 37 51 9 3  
  3/92 32 57 8 3  
             
 

"Middle-income people"

  4/3-6/14 42 49 7 2  
  4/4-7/13 53 42 3 2  
  4/9-12/12 56 36 6 2  
  4/7-11/11 50 44 5 1  
  4/8-11/10 49 43 6 2  
  4/6-9/09 50 43 5 2  
  4/6-9/08 50 43 4 3  
  4/2-5/07 44 47 7 2  
  4/10-13/06 50 43 5 3  
  4/4-7/05 52 41 4 3  
  4/5-8/04 47 46 4 3  
  4/03 51 40 7 2  
  4/99 35 59 4 2  
  4/96 34 58 5 3  
  4/94 39 57 3 1  
  3/93 39 54 5 2  
  3/92 36 57 5 2  
             
 

"Upper-income people"

  4/3-6/14 24 13 61 2  
  4/4-7/13 26 11 61 2  
  4/9-12/12 25 10 62 3  
  4/7-11/11 25 13 59 2  
  4/8-11/10 26 15 55 4  
  4/6-9/09 23 13 60 3  
  4/6-9/08 24 9 63 4  
  4/2-5/07 21 9 66 4  
  4/10-13/06 21 8 67 4  
  4/4-7/05 22 7 68 3  
  4/5-8/04 24 9 63 4  
  4/03 24 10 63 3  
  4/99 19 10 66 5  
  4/96 19 9 68 4  
  4/94 20 10 68 2  
  3/93 16 5 77 2  
  3/92 16 4 77 3  
             
 

"Corporations"

  4/3-6/14 20 8 66 5  
  4/4-7/13 21 8 66 5  
  4/9-12/12 21 11 64 4  
  4/7-11/11 20 9 67 4  
  4/8-11/10 22 9 62 7  
  4/6-9/09 18 8 67 6  
  4/6-9/08 15 6 73 6  
  4/2-5/07 19 5 71 5  
  4/10-13/06 18 5 70 7  
  4/4-7/05 21 4 69 6  
  4/5-8/04 19 5 69 7  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats or George W. Bush and the Republicans are more responsible for the country's current economic problems?" RV = registered voters

 
    Obama,
Democrats
Bush,
Republicans
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

34 44 14 5 2
 

9/7-9/12 RV

35 57 6 2 1
 

3/24-25/12

29 56 10 3 1
 

9/23-25/11

32 52 13 2 2
 

7/18-20/11

29 57 10 3 -
 

4/29 - 5/1/11

30 55 10 4 -
 

9/1-2/10

33 53 10 3 1
             

"As you may know, there is a limit to the amount of money the government can owe that is sometimes called the 'debt ceiling.' The Secretary of the Treasury says that the government will not have enough money to pay all of its debts and keep all existing government programs running unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by February. If the debt ceiling is not raised, do you think that Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for that?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

29 54 12 2 3
             

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The government should work to substantially reduce the income gap between the rich and the poor."

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

66 31 3    
             

"Do you think the policies of the Democratic Party generally favor the rich, favor the middle class, or favor the poor?"

 
    Favor
the rich
Favor the
middle class
Favor
the poor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

30 36 30 3  
             

"Do you think the policies of the Republican Party generally favor the rich, favor the middle class, or favor the poor?"

 
    Favor
the rich
Favor the
middle class
Favor
the poor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

69 23 3 4  

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 17-21, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think the policies of the Republicans in Congress favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or do they treat all groups equally?"

 
    Favor the
rich
Favor the
middle class
Favor the
poor
Treat all
equally
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/17-21/14

63 9 3 20 5
 

9/19-23/13

65 12 2 15 6
 

10/19-24/11

69 9 2 15 5
             

"In general, do you think the policies of the Obama Administration favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or do they treat all groups equally?"

 
    Favor the
rich
Favor the
middle class
Favor the
poor
Treat all
equally
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/17-21/14

23 18 25 26 7
 

9/19-23/13

25 23 25 21 5
 

10/19-24/11

28 23 17 21 11
 

8/20-24/10

27 18 17 28 10
 

4/5-12/10

17 19 27 27 9
 

2/5-10/10

22 24 18 25 11
 

4/1-5/09

12 25 15 40 8
             

"Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among more people?"

 
    Fair Should be
more even
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

31 62 8    
 

Republicans

58 34 7    
 

Democrats

15 80 4    
 

Independents

26 62 11    
 
 

7/11-16/12

32 60 8    
             

"Do you think the gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. is getting larger, getting smaller, or has it stayed the same?"

 
    Getting
larger
Getting
smaller
Stayed
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

1/17-21/14

70 5 24 2  
             

"Should the government do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in this country, or is this something the government should not be doing?"

 
    Should
do more
Should not
be doing
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

49 45 6    
 

Republicans

22 75 3    
 

Democrats

68 24 8    
 

Independents

50 44 5    
             

"Which comes closer to your view? In today's economy, everyone has a fair chance to get ahead in the long run. OR, In today's economy, it's mainly just a few people at the top who have a chance to get ahead." Options rotated

 
    Everyone A few
people
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/17-21/14

52 43 5    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Jan. 15-19, 2014. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"How much, if anything, should the government do to reduce poverty: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?" N=739 (Form 2), margin of error 4.2.

 
    A lot Some Not
much
Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/14

53 29 8 6 4
             

"How much, if anything, should the government do to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?" N=765 (Form 1), margin of error 4.1.

 
    A lot Some Not
much
Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/14

43 26 9 17 4
             

"How much do you think government policies and programs can do to reduce poverty in this country: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?" N=739 (Form 2), margin of error 4.2.

 
    A lot Some Not
much
Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/14

40 37 14 5 4
             

"How much do you think government policies and programs can do to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else in this country: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?" N=765 (Form 1), margin of error 4.1.

 
    A lot Some Not
much
Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/14

38 29 18 12 3
             

"In your view, what would do more to reduce poverty: raising taxes on wealthy people and corporations in order to expand programs for the poor, OR, lowering taxes on wealthy people and corporations in order to encourage more investment and economic growth?" Options rotated

 
    Raising
taxes
Lowering
taxes
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/14

54 35 11    
             

"I'm going to read you some pairs of statements. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. The first/next pair is [see below].

"Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard. Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people."

 
    Can get ahead
if willing to
work hard
Hard work,
determination
no guarantee
Neither
(vol.)/
Unsure
   
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/14

60 38 3    
             

"The economic system in this country unfairly favors the wealthy. The economic system in this country is generally fair to most Americans."

 
    Unfairly
favors the
wealthy
Generally
fair
Neither
(vol.)/
Unsure
   
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/14

60 36 4    
             

"Government aid to the poor does more harm than good by making people too dependent on government assistance. Government aid to the poor does more good than harm because people can't get out of poverty until their basic needs are met."

 
    More harm
than good
More good
than harm
Neither
(vol.)/
Unsure
   
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/14

44 49 7    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Dec. 16-19, 2013. N=1,035 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

12/19: "As you may know, last week the House of Representatives passed legislation that will fund the federal government for the next two years, and the Senate passed a version of that budget agreement on Wednesday. Based on what you have read or heard about this bill, do you approve or disapprove of that budget agreement?"
12/16-18: "As you may know, last week the House of Representatives passed legislation that would fund the federal government for the next two years, and the Senate is now considering that budget agreement. Based on what you have read or heard about this bill, do you approve or disapprove of that budget agreement?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

46 42 12    
 

Democrats

65 23 12    
 

Independents

42 47 11    
 

Republicans

28 58 14    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have agreed on a plan to finance the federal government through September 2015. Given what you know about it, would you say that you approve or disapprove of the agreement they've reached?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/12-15/13

50 35 16    
             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/12-15/13

57 37 6    
 

10/31 - 11/3/11

60 35 5    
             

"Do you think federal government policies currently do more to favor less well-off Americans or more to favor the wealthy?" Options rotated

 
    Do more
to favor
less well-off
Do more
to favor
wealthy
Treat
equally
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

26 64 5 5  

 

Pew Research Center. Dec. 3-8, 2013. N=2,001 adults nationwide.

             

"Over the past year, do you think the country has made progress reducing the federal budget deficit, or not?" N=977 (Form 1), margin of error 3.6

 
    Has made
progress
Has not made
progress
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-8/13

29 66 5    
             

"In your view, what is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit? Should we mostly focus on cutting major programs, mostly focus on increasing taxes, or should we do a combination of both?" N=977 (Form 1), margin of error 3.6.

 
    Cutting
programs
Increasing
taxes
Combination Don't focus
on deficit
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/3-8/13

20 7 63 1 9
 

12/5-9/12

11 7 74 1 6
 

9/12-16/12

16 6 69 1 8
 

11/9-14/11

17 8 62 1 11
 

7/20-24/11

19 8 60 1 12
 

4/7-10/11

20 6 64 - 9
 

12/1-5/10

16 4 65 1 13
             

"If you were setting priorities for the federal government these days, would you place a higher priority on spending to help the economy recover, or a higher priority on reducing the budget deficit?" Options rotated. N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6.

 
    Spending on
recovery
Reducing
the deficit
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-8/13

44 49 7    
 

12/5-9/12

45 49 7    
 

6/7-11/12

48 47 5    
 

9/22 - 10/4/11

47 48 5    
 

8/17-21/11

47 46 7    
 

6/15-19/11

42 52 6    
 

2/2-7/11

46 49 5    
             

"What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit or keeping spending for programs that help the poor and needy at current levels?" N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6

 
    Reduce
the deficit
Keep
spending at
current levels
Both
equally
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

33 59 4 4  
             

"What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit or keeping military spending at current levels?" N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6

 
    Reduce
the deficit
Keep
spending at
current levels
Both
equally
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

51 40 4 5  
             

"What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are?" N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6

 
    Reduce
the deficit
Keep
benefits as
they are
Both
equally
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

23 69 4 4  

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Dec. 3-5, 2013. N=1,173 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9

             

"Who do you think has a better approach to deal with the federal budget deficit . . . ?"

 
    Congressional
Republicans
President
Obama
Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/3-5/13

46 41 8 5  
             

"Do you think President Obama and the Republicans in Congress will reach a deal or not reach a deal on the federal budget before the next deadline?"

 
    Will
reach a deal
Will not
reach a deal
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/13

28 68 4    

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 18-21, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Who do you blame more for the partial government shutdown and the difficulties in reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling: the Republicans in Congress, or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama,
Democrats
Both
equally
(vol.)
Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

10/18-21/13

46 35 14 1 4
             

"As you may know, Congress reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government until early next year. Do you approve or disapprove of this agreement?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/18-21/13

47 46 7    
             

"Do you think the agreement to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government should have included changes to the 2010 health care law, or should the agreement have been kept separate from the 2010 health care law?"

 
    Should have
included
health law
Should have
been kept
separate
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/18-21/13

18 75 7    
             

"During the recent disagreements in Washington about the debt ceiling and funding the federal government, do you think the Republicans in Congress were mostly doing what they thought was best for the country or were they mostly concerned about gaining political advantage?"

 
    What was
best for
the country
Gaining
political
advantage
Some of
each (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/18-21/13

24 71 2 3  
             

"During the recent disagreements in Washington about the debt ceiling and funding the federal government, do you think Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were mostly doing what they thought was best for the country or were they mostly concerned about gaining political advantage?"

 
    What was
best for
the country
Gaining
political
advantage
Some of
each (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/18-21/13

42 55 1 2  
             

"Looking ahead, have the negotiations over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown made you optimistic about the ability of this Congress to deal with future issues affecting the country, have they made you pessimistic, or has the debate had no effect on your outlook for how this Congress will deal with future issues?"

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic No effect Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/18-21/13

11 64 22 3  
             

"As you may know, the current agreement in Congress to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government is temporary, and the U.S. will face similar deadlines early next year. Are you concerned Congress will have difficulty reaching an agreement on these issues early next year, or not?"

 
    Are
concerned
Are not
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/18-21/13

89 11 1    
             

"When you evaluate your own member of Congress, how much will his or her position on the debt ceiling and government shutdown matter? Will it matter a lot, somewhat, not much, or not at all?"

 
    A lot Somewhat Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

10/18-21/13

41 34 14 8 3
             

"As you may know, the largest items in the federal budget are Medicare, that is the government health insurance program for seniors; Social Security; and the military. If you HAD to choose ONE, which of the following programs would you be willing to change in order to cut spending: Medicare, Social Security, or the military?"

 
    The military Medicare Social
Security
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/18-21/13

41 23 16 20  
 

9/19-23/13

49 20 14 17  
 

4/24-28/13

43 23 13 21  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Oct. 18-20, 2013. N=841 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"In general, do you think the shutdown was a good thing for the country or a bad thing for the country?"

 
    A good
thing
A bad
thing
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

20 79 2    
 

Democrats

10 90 -    
 

Independents

19 79 2    
 

Republicans

35 62 4    
             

"Who do you think was more responsible for the recent government shutdown: Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/18-20/13

34 52 13 1 1
             

"As you may know, the government shutdown ended when legislation to fund all government programs and services was approved on Wednesday. Who do you think got more of what they wanted in the bill that ended the government shutdown: Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/18-20/13

64 19 2 8 7
             

"That bill funds the government through January 15th, but unless Congress and the President agree on a plan to fund the government for a longer period, the government will shut down again at that time. How likely do you think it is that the federal government will shut down again in January: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/18-20/13

37 34 18 9 1
             

"As you may know, the first legislative action which led to the government shutdown was a bill supported by the Republicans in Congress that would have prevented major parts of the new health care law from taking effect. Looking back, do you think it was a mistake for the Republicans in Congress to do that, or do you think it made sense at that time?"

 
    A mistake Made
sense
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/18-20/13

55 42 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 17-20, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

43 54 3    
 

10/9-13/13

42 53 5    
 

10/2-6/13

45 51 4    
 

9/25-29/13

41 50 10    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

21 77 2    
 

10/9-13/13

21 74 5    
 

10/2-6/13

24 70 5    
 

9/25-29/13

26 63 11    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

36 61 3    
 

10/9-13/13

33 61 6    
 

10/2-6/13

35 61 4    
 

9/25-29/13

34 56 11    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress who are affiliated with the Tea Party political movement are handling negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

23 67 10    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

17 81 2    
             

"Who do you think was mainly responsible for the partial shutdown of the federal government: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/17-20/13

29 53 15 1 2
             

"Do you think the partial shutdown is an isolated incident, or a sign of broader problems in the political process in Washington?"

 
    Isolated
incident
Broader
problems
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

9 87 3    
             

"Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged the United States' image in the world?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

86 11 2    
             

"Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged the morale of federal government employees?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

82 13 5    
             

"Do you think the budget dispute in Washington has or has not damaged the U.S. economy?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

80 17 3    
             

"Congress has agreed to end the government shutdown and raise the nation's debt limit through early next year. This agreement drops Republican efforts to change the federal health care law and sets up a commission to negotiate budget issues. Overall, do you support or oppose this agreement?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

51 41 8    
             

"When the current agreement runs out early next year, how confident are you that Obama and the Republicans in Congress will avoid another budget crisis over the debt limit: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not so
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/17-20/13

4 23 31 41 1
             

"When it comes to finding the right balance between cutting government spending that is not needed and continuing government spending that is needed, who do you trust to do a better job: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/17-20/13

47 36 2 12 3
 

3/7-10/13

43 44 1 9 3
 

9/29 - 10/2/11

44 39 1 14 2
 

6/2-5/11

41 44 2 11 2
 

4/14-17/11

45 44 2 7 2
 

3/10-13/11

43 42 2 10 3
             

"Do you think an agreement between Obama and Republicans in Congress to reduce the federal budget deficit should include only spending cuts, or a combination of spending cuts and tax increases?"

 
    Only cuts Combination Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/17-20/13

37 59 5    
             

"Some Republicans in Congress say reducing the federal deficit needs to be a part of an agreement to increase the debt ceiling in the future. Obama has said that increasing the debt ceiling should not be used as a tool in budget negotiations. Whose position do you agree with more: Obama's or that of some of the Republicans' in Congress?"

 
    Obama's Republicans' Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/17-20/13

54 40 1 4 2

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 14-15, 2013. N=1,076 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, as you may know, the president and Congress are trying to work out an agreement to increase the debt ceiling, the amount of money the government can legally borrow. The U.S. Treasury Department has said an agreement needs to be in place by October 17. Just your best guess, do you think an agreement to raise the debt limit will or will not be reached by the October 17 deadline?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

45 50 5    
             

"If an agreement is not reached by the October 17 deadline, do you think an economic crisis will or will not result?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

60 36 4    
             

"What would you like the people in government who represent your views on the debt and budget deficit to do in this situation? Should they hold out for the basic plan they want, even if the debt ceiling is not raised by the deadline, or should they agree to a compromise plan, even if it is a plan you disagree with?" Options rotated

 
    Hold out Compromise Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

31 62 8    
             

"Based on what you know or have read about their approach to the debt ceiling negotiations, do you think each of the following is putting their own political interests first, or putting the country's best interests first?

"How about the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Their own
interests
Country's
interests
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

73 22 6    
             

"How about the Democrats in Congress?"

 
    Their own
interests
Country's
interests
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

63 30 7    
             

"How about President Obama?"

 
    His own
interests
Country's
interests
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/14-15/13

55 41 5    

 

Pew Research Center. Oct. 9-13, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Who do you think is more to blame for the deadlock in Washington over the government shutdown and the debt limit: Republicans or the Obama administration?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans Obama
administration
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

10/9-13/13

46 37 13 1 4
             

"Thinking about the government shutdown that started on October 1st: 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
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

10/9-13/13

57 26 10 6 1
 

10/3-6/13

48 29 14 9 1
             

"As you may know, the deadline to raise the nation's debt limit is also approaching, as soon as October 17th. From what you've read and heard, do you think it is absolutely essential that the federal debt limit be raised to avoid an economic crisis, or do you think the country can go past the deadline for raising the debt limit without major economic problems?" Options rotated

 
    Essential to
raise limit
Can go past
deadline
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/9-13/13

51 36 13

 

 

 

Republicans

37 52 12

 

 

 

Democrats

67 19 14

 

 

 

Independents

49 38 13

 

 

 
 

10/3-6/13

47 39 15

 

 

             

"Just your best guess, do you think Barack Obama and the Republicans will or will not resolve the debt limit issue before the deadline?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/9-13/13

52 44 5

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 7-9, 2013. N=800 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Thinking about President Obama and Republicans in Congress and their negotiations about the budget, does it make you feel more confident or less confident about the economy getting better or does it not make a difference in your opinion one way or the other?"

 
    More
confident
Less
confident
No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

7 63 28 2  
             

"Now, thinking about the recent debate over the federal budget, as you know, President Obama and the Republicans in Congress have not reached a budget agreement, and this has led to a shutdown of the federal government. Who do you think is more to blame for this shutdown: President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    President
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Both
equal (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

31 53 13 3  
             

"In your view, how serious a problem is this shutdown of the federal government: extremely serious, quite serious, just somewhat serious, or not that serious?"

 
    Extremely
serious
Quite
serious
Just
somewhat
serious
Not that
serious
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/7-9/13

46 27 18 9 -
 

11/95

29 28 23 18 2
             

"Have you or anyone in your family been affected by the federal government shutdown, in terms of employment, services, or benefits?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/7-9/13

31 68 1    
 

1/96

18 81 1    
 

11/95

18 81 1    
             

"Which of these is closer to your own view of President Obama's actions and positions during the current budget disagreement? He is being a strong leader and standing up for what he believes in. He is putting his own political agenda ahead of what's good for the country."

 
    Standing up
for what he
believes in
Putting
politics ahead
of country
Both
equal (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

46 51 1 2  
             

"Which of these is closer to your own view of Congressional Republicans' actions and positions during the current budget disagreement? They are demonstrating strong leadership and standing up for what they believe in. They are putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country."

 
    Standing up
for what they
believe in
Putting
politics ahead
of country
Both
equal (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

27 70 1 2  
             

"How much harm, if any, is the government shutdown having on the U.S. economy: a great deal, quite a bit, just some, very little, or none at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Quite
a bit
Just some Very little None
at all
    % % % % %
 

10/7-9/13

34 31 21 10 2
             

"Now, talking a moment about something called the federal debt ceiling: The federal debt ceiling limits the amount of money the government can borrow. When the U.S. Treasury needs to issue debt above the ceiling in order to avoid going into bankruptcy and to pay the government's bills, Congress needs to vote to raise the ceiling. Which of the following causes you more concern: that Congress will not raise the debt ceiling and the federal government will not pay its bills, such as defaulting on its loans and not making payments to Social Security recipients and government workers; that Congress will raise the debt ceiling and that federal spending will increase and the government will go further into debt as a result -- OR, do you not know enough about this to have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Will not raise
debt ceiling
Will raise
debt ceiling
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

37 41 19 3  
             

"The president has asked Congress to raise the debt ceiling, and the Congress is currently considering whether to raise it. If Congress does not vote to raise the debt ceiling, do you believe that this would be a real and serious problem or not? If you do not know enough to have an opinion, please say so." Half sample (Form A)

 
    A real,
serious
problem
Not a real,
serious
problem
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/7-9/13

63 15 22 1  
             

"President Obama says he will not negotiate with Republicans in Congress about the health care law and the federal budget until Congress has reopened the government and raised the country's debt ceiling limit. Do you agree or disagree with the President on this? If you do not know enough about this to have an opinion, please just say so and we will move on." If agree or disagree: "And, do you strongly or just somewhat agree/disagree with the president on this?"

 
    Strongly
agree
Somewhat
agree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

10/7-9/13

30 10 7 36 16

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 3-6, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Republicans in the House of Representatives passed legislation that only kept the government operating if President Obama agreed to delay or stop funding his health reform plan. The President and the Senate refused to support a bill including such a provision. Do you think the House is right to fund the continuing operations of the federal government only if Obama agrees to delay or withdraw his health care plan, OR, do you think Congress should provide the funding to keep the government operating and deal with the health care issue separately?" Options rotated
9/13: "Some Republicans in the House of Representatives say they will not support a bill to keep the government operating unless it includes a provision to delay or defund President Obama's health reform plan. The White House says it will not sign a bill including such a provision. Do you think Congress should only fund the continuing operations of the federal government if Obama agrees to delay or withdraw his health care plan, OR, provide the funding to keep the government operating and deal with the health care issue separately?"

 
    Only if delay
or withdraw
health plan
Deal with
health issue
separately
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

24 65 11    
 
 

9/19-22/13

27 63 10    
             

"As far as you know, when Congress votes to increase the debt ceiling, do you believe that means the federal government is increasing the amount of money it borrows to pay for future expenditures, OR, the federal government is paying off the debts it has already accumulated?" Options rotated

 
    Future
expenditures
Accumulated
debts
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

62 28 10    
             

"Congressional Republicans say they will only agree to increase the federal debt ceiling if President Obama accepts their proposals on other issues. Please tell me whether you think the following proposals should be included in any agreement about the debt ceiling, or should be dealt with separately. ..."

 
    Include Deal with
separately
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"A one-year delay for the implementation of President Obama's health care law"

 

10/3-6/13

31 65 4    
             
 

"A requirement that President Obama authorize the construction of the Keystone Pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the U.S."

 

10/3-6/13

24 70 6    
             
 

"Cuts in spending for domestic discretionary programs"

 

10/3-6/13

30 60 10    
             
 

"Cuts in spending on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal entitlement programs"

 

10/3-6/13

29 68 3    
 

"When it comes to making decisions about the federal deficit and debt, who do you trust more: President Obama or congressional Republicans?" Options rotated

 
    President
Obama
Congressional
Republicans
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

45 37 18    
             

"Now thinking about the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester that took place in March: Have you seen any impact of these cuts in your community or on you personally since they took place, or not?"

 
    Have
seen impact
Have not
seen impact
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

23 74 3    

 

Pew Research Center. Oct. 3-6, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. ... The shutdown of the federal government."
9/13: "... Congress working on a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at
all closely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

10/3-6/13

43 30 15 11 -
 

9/19-22/13

25 24 21 30 1
             

"Who do you think is more to blame for the federal government shutdown: Republicans or the Obama administration?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans Obama
administration
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

10/3-6/13

38 30 19 2 11
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling negotiations over the government shutdown?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

38 50 12

 

 

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican leaders in Congress are handling negotiations over the government shutdown?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

19 69 12

 

 

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democratic leaders in Congress are handling negotiations over the government shutdown?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

29 58 13

 

 

             

"In the current debate over the government shutdown, what would you like lawmakers who share your views to do: should they stand by their principles, even if that means the government shutdown continues, OR, should they be more willing to compromise, even if that means they reach a deal you disagree with?" Options rotated

 
    Stand
by their principles
Be more
willing to
compromise
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

29 61 10

 

 

             

"As you may know, the main point of disagreement in the government shutdown is over whether changes to the 2010 health care law should be included in a budget deal. Obama has said any budget deal must NOT include cuts or delays to the health care law because they are separate issues. Republican leaders have said that any budget deal must include cuts or delays to the health care law because the law is bad for the country. Who do you think should give ground in this disagreement? Should Obama agree to a bill that INCLUDES cuts or delays to the health care law, or should Republican leaders agree to a bill WITHOUT cuts or delays to the health care law?" Options rotated

 
    Obama
should give
ground
Republicans
should give
ground
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

42 44 14

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 2-3, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, the Republicans in Congress and President Obama have not reached an agreement on the federal budget. As a result, the federal government has shut down all non-essential services. Do you personally view this shutdown as a crisis, as a major problem, as a minor problem or as not a problem at all?"

 
    A crisis A major
problem
A minor
problem
Not a
problem
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/2-3/13

21 49 18 8 3
             

"As a consequence of the shutdown, do you feel more negative or more positive toward President Obama?"

 
    More
negative
More
positive
Neither/No
effect (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/2-3/13

57 28 13 3  
             

"As a consequence of the shutdown, do you feel more negative or more positive toward the Republican leaders in Congress?"

 
    More
negative
More
positive
Neither/No
effect (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/2-3/13

61 24 10 5  
             

"As a consequence of the shutdown, do you feel more negative or more positive toward the Democratic leaders in Congress?"

 
    More
negative
More
positive
Neither/No
effect (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/2-3/13

58 26 12 5  

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 1-2, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress are handling the current negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

35 61 4    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling the current negotiations over the federal budget?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

24 72 4    
             

"In negotiations about the federal budget, which do you think Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress should do: compromise some of their positions in order to come to an agreement, or stick to their positions even if it means not coming to an agreement?"

 
    Compromise Stick to their
positions
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

76 21 1 2  
 

Republicans

90 6 1 3  
 

Democrats

61 36 1 2  
 

Independents

80 18 1 2  
             

"In negotiations about the federal budget, which do you think the Republicans in Congress should do: compromise some of their positions in order to come to an agreement, or stick to their positions even if it means not coming to an agreement?"

 
    Compromise Stick to their
positions
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

78 18 1 3  
 

Republicans

59 38 - 3  
 

Democrats

94 4 1 1  
 

Independents

78 16 1 5  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of partially shutting down the government over differences about the 2010 health care law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

25 72 3    
 

Republicans

48 49 3    
 

Democrats

12 86 2    
 

Independents

21 76 3    
             

"Who do you blame more for the partial government shutdown: the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?"

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama,
Democrats
Equally/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

44 35 17 4  
 

Republicans

10 73 15 2  
 

Democrats

76 9 11 3  
 

Independents

40 30 24 7  
             

"From what you know so far, do you think any agreement on the federal budget should also cut off the funding for the 2010 health care law, or any agreement on the federal budget should be kept separate from discussions about funding the 2010 health care law?"

 
    Also cut
health care
law funding
Keep
discussions
separate
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

26 66 8    
 

Republicans

52 40 7    
 

Democrats

9 81 11    
 

Independents

24 70 7    
             

"Which do you think should be the higher priority for Congress right now: passing a resolution to get the federal government running again, or stopping some provisions of the 2010 health care law from going into effect?"

 
    Getting
government
running
Stopping
health care
law
Both (vol.) Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

73 21 2 4  
 

Republicans

46 47 3 4  
 

Democrats

90 6 2 2  
 

Independents

77 17 2 4  
             

"Do you think the federal government can operate effectively during a partial shutdown, or not"

 
    Can Cannot Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

35 62 3    
             

"Do you think you will be personally affected by the cutback in government services or programs caused by a partial government shutdown, or not?"

 
    Will be Will not be Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

47 50 3    
             

"How likely do you think it will be that the economy and the stock market will take a severe downturn due to the partial government shutdown: very likely, somewhat likely, or not very likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/1-2/13

34 41 23 2  
             

"Do you think Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress will be able to negotiate with the Republicans in Congress to resolve the budget standoff in the near future, or do you think the budget standoff will continue for a long time?"

 
    Negotiate in
near future
Continue for
a long time
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 42 6    
 

Republicans

47 47 6    
 

Democrats

62 33 5    
 

Independents

46 46 8    
             

"In the current budget debate, who do you think is more concerned about doing what is best for you and your family: the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?"

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama,
Democrats
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

10/1-2/13

37 48 3 9 2
             

"As you may know, there is a debate in Washington about raising the federal debt ceiling, which is the amount of money that the federal government can borrow to pay its bills. Which of these comes closest to your feelings about raising the debt ceiling now? It should be raised without conditions, because the government must pay its existing bills and obligations. OR, It should be raised, but only with the condition that the government also cuts spending to offset it. OR, It should not be raised under any condition, even if that means the U.S. could default on its loans and obligations."

 
    Raised
without
conditions
Raised only
if spending
is cut
Not raised,
even if leads
to default
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/1-2/13

23 55 20 2  
 

9/19-23/13

17 55 24 4  
             

"If you had to choose, which would be more acceptable to you: reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling that you did not fully support, or not reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling and having the U.S. go into default on its debts?" Options rotated

 
    Agreement
you did not
fully support
No agreement
and having
U.S. default
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

77 17 6    
 

9/19-23/13

69 21 9    
             

"Do you think Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress probably will or probably will not reach an agreement with the Republicans in Congress on raising the debt ceiling before the October 17th deadline?"

 
    Probably
will
Probably
will not
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

47 46 7    
             

"From what you know so far, do you think any agreement on raising the debt ceiling should also cut off the funding for the 2010 health care law, or any agreement on raising the debt ceiling should be kept separate from discussions about funding the 2010 health care law?"

 
    Also cut
health care
law funding
Keep
discussions
separate
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/1-2/13

26 69 5    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 27-29, 2013. N=803 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, on a regular basis, Congress must pass bills that authorize the federal government to spend money for a certain amount of time. When that time expires, the government must shut down until Congress passes a new spending bill.

"Suppose the federal government had to shut down for a few days because Congress did not pass a new spending bill. Would you consider that a good thing for the country or a bad thing for the country?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Neutral/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/27-29/13

27 68 4 1  
 

3/15-17/13

34 64 2 1  
 

9/23-25/11

25 72 2 1  
 

3/11-13/11

36 59 4 2  
             

"Now suppose the federal government had to shut down for a few weeks because Congress did not pass a new spending bill. Would you consider that a good thing for the country or a bad thing for the country?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Neutral/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/27-29/13

19 79 2 -  
 

3/15-17/13

21 78 1 -  
 

3/11-13/11

24 73 1 2  
             

"If the federal government shuts down, do you think that Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for that?" N=515 adults (Version A), margin of error 4.5.

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/27-29/13

36 46 13 2 2
 

9/6-8/13

33 51 12 3 1
 

3/15-17/13

38 40 19 2 1
 

9/23-25/11

33 47 17 1 2
 

3/11-13/11

37 46 14 1 2
             

"Which do you think is more important for Congress to do? Approving a budget agreement that would avoid a government shutdown. OR, Preventing major provisions in the new health care law from taking effect by cutting the funds needed to implement them." Options rotated

 
    Approve
budget
agreement
Cut funds for
new health
care law
Both/
Equal (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

60 34 2 3  
 

Democrats

81 15 1 3  
 

Independents

57 36 3 4  
 

Republicans

38 56 3 3  
             

"Do you think Barack Obama has acted mostly like a responsible adult or mostly like a spoiled child during the recent debate over the federal budget?"

 
    Responsible
adult
Spoiled
child
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/27-29/13

49 47 5    
             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress have acted mostly like responsible adults or mostly like spoiled children during the recent debate over the federal budget?"

 
    Responsible
adults
Spoiled
children
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/27-29/13

25 69 6    
             

"Do you think the Democrats in Congress have acted mostly like responsible adults or mostly like spoiled children during the recent debate over the federal budget?"

 
    Responsible
adults
Spoiled
children
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/27-29/13

35 58 7    
             

"As you may know, there is a limit to the amount of money the government can owe that is sometimes called the 'debt ceiling.' In addition to the current debate over a possible government shutdown, Congress must also deal with the debt ceiling in the next few weeks. The Secretary of the Treasury says that the government will not have enough money to pay all of its debts and keep all existing government programs running unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by the middle of October.

"If the debt ceiling is not raised, would you consider that a good thing for the country or a bad thing for the country?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Neutral/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/27-29/13

38 56 3 2  
             

"If the debt ceiling is not raised, do you think that Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for that?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/27-29/13

31 53 10 2 4
 

9/6-8/13

25 54 15 3 2
 

7/18-20/11

30 51 15 3 1
             

"Which do you think is more important for Congress to do? Raising the debt ceiling to make sure the government has enough money to pay its debts. OR, Delaying the date on which major provisions in the new health care law will take effect."

 
    Raise the
debt ceiling
Delay health
the care law
Both/
Equal (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/27-29/13

51 43 2 5  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Sept. 23-29, 2013. N=1,497 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"As you may know, automatic cuts in the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect on March 1st. All in all, do you think the sequestration is a good thing or a bad thing for the country, or don't you know enough about it to say?"

 
    A good
thing
A bad
thing
Don't know
enough
Refused  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

18 31 50 1  
 

Republicans

32 23 44 1  
 

Democrats

5 40 54 1  
 

Independents

20 30 48 1  
             

"To help reduce the federal budget deficit, do you think government spending on food stamps that go to low-income families should be cut or not?"

 
    Should
be cut
Should not
be cut
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

28 66 5    
 

Republicans

52 40 8    
 

Democrats

11 85 4    
 

Independents

29 66 5    

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 27-28, 2013. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Now, thinking about the budget debate which has been going on in Washington, who do you think has acted more responsibly in the negotiations over the budget: President Obama or the Republican leaders in Congress?"

 
    President
Obama
Republican
leaders
Neither
(vol.)
Both
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/27-28/13

40 35 11 1 13
             

"Which of the following statements comes closer to your view about the budget debate between Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress: it is an important battle over principles and the future direction of government, or it is mostly an attempt by both sides to gain political advantage?" Options rotated

 
    Principles,
direction of
government
Attempt to
gain political
advantage
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/27-28/13

37 47 15    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 19-23, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think it is acceptable for a president or members of Congress to threaten a government shutdown during their budget negotiations in order to achieve their goals, or is that not an acceptable way to negotiate?"

 
    Acceptable Not
acceptable
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-23/13

16 80 1 2  
             

"As you may know, if a budget agreement in Washington is not reached by the end of the month, the federal government could partially shut down. Who would you blame more if there is a partial shutdown of the federal government: the Republicans in Congress, or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans Obama and
Democrats
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-23/13

44 35 16 4  
             

"Do you think Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress probably will or probably will not reach an agreement on the federal budget before the deadline of October 1st?"

 
    Probably
will
Probably
will not
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/13

48 47 4    
             

"From what you know so far, do you think any agreement on the federal budget and the debt ceiling should also cut off the funding for the 2010 health care law, or any agreement on the federal budget and the debt ceiling should be kept separate from discussions about funding the 2010 health care law?" Options rotated

 
    Also cut off
health care
funding
Keep
discussions
separate
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/13

31 60 9    

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 19-22, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Some Republicans in the House of Representatives say they will not support a bill to keep the government operating unless it includes a provision to delay or defund President Obama's health reform plan. The White House says it will not sign a bill including such a provision. Do you think Congress should only fund the continuing operations of the federal government if Obama agrees to delay or withdraw his health care plan, OR, provide the funding to keep the government operating and deal with the health care issue separately?" Options rotated

 
    Only if delay
or withdraw
health plan
Deal with
health issue
separately
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-22/13

27 63 10    
             

"Some Republicans in the House of Representatives want to attach a provision to delay or defund President Obama's health reform plan to any proposed increase in the country's debt limit. The White House says it will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. Do you think Congress should only increase the U.S. debt limit if Obama agrees to delay or withdraw his health care plan, OR, increase the U.S. debt limit and deal with the health care issue separately?" Options rotated

 
    Only if delay
or withdraw
health plan
Deal with
health issue
separately
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-22/13

31 52 16    
             

"Republicans want to repeal the health care law partly because they say it will cost too much, especially as more people begin to receive benefits. The independent Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the deficit would actually increase if the law were repealed because the loss of taxes and fees tied to the program would offset any savings gained by not providing benefits to people. Which of the following comes closer to your own view? Congress should repeal the program to expand coverage because the government can't afford it at a time of large budget deficits. OR, Congress should keep the program to expand coverage because it's important to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance." Options rotated

 
    Repeal it Keep it Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-22/13

44 49 2 5  

 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 19-22, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. ... Congress working on a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at
all closely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/19-22/13

25 24 21 30 1
             

"Now thinking about the budget debate in Washington: If there is not a budget agreement by the end of September the federal government will have to shut down many of its operations until a budget is passed. What would you like lawmakers who share your views on this issue to do? Should they stand by their principles, even if that means the government shuts down, or, should they be more willing to compromise, even if that means they pass a budget you disagree with?" Options rotated

 
    Stand
by their principles
Be more
willing to
compromise
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-22/13

33 57 10

 

 

             

"Just your best guess, do you think Republicans in Congress and the Obama administration will or will not reach a budget agreement before the September 30th deadline?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-22/13

46 45 9

 

 

             

"If an agreement is not reached and there is a government shutdown, do you think this would have a major effect, minor effect or no effect on the U.S. economy?"

 
    Major
effect
Minor
effect
No
effect
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-22/13

61 30 6 3

 

             

"If the federal government shuts down because Republicans and the Obama administration can't agree on a budget, who do you think would be more to blame: Republicans or the Obama administration?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans Obama
administration
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/19-22/13

39 36 17 2 6
             

"As you may know, Republicans in the House of Representatives have said that funding for the 2010 health care law must be cut off as part of any budget agreement. Do you support or oppose this proposal?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-22/13

38 50 13

 

 


 

CNBC Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 16-19, 2013. N=812 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"The federal debt ceiling limits the amount of money the government can borrow. When the U.S. Treasury needs to issue debt above the ceiling in order to avoid going into bankruptcy and defaulting on its obligations, Congress needs to vote to raise the ceiling. Which of the following causes you more concern: that Congress will NOT raise the debt ceiling and the federal government will not meet its financial obligations, such as defaulting on its loans and not making payments to Social Security recipients and government workers; that Congress WILL raise the debt ceiling and that federal spending will increase and the government will go further into debt as a result; OR, do you not know enough about this to have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Will not
raise debt
ceiling
Will
raise debt
ceiling
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/16-19/13

41 47 6 6  

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