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Two thirds of voters say government shutdown has had ‘little impact’ on them: poll

January 17, 2019

Voters are aware of the partial government shutdown, and they have some concerns about it but few feel much of an impact from it according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Thursday. It also found that President Trump’s approval rating has not been affected by the shutdown.

Three fourths of voters understand the causes of the government shutdown, and slightly more 79 percent describe the shutdown as either a crisis or a problem said the survey, which was conducted just as the shutdown entered its fourth week.

“When asked about the extent to which they are personally impacted by the shutdown, a majority of voters (66 percent) say there is ‘not much’ or ‘no’ impact on them or their families,” the poll analysis said.

That finding includes 76 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats.

“The partial shutdown has not had major impact on President Trump’s approval rating, which experienced a slight dip to 41 percent, down from 43 percent,” the analysis noted.

The poll also revealed that 49 percent voters “blame” the shutdown on Mr. Trump.

Three fourths of the voters, however, have empathy for the federal workers who are affected.

“While the partial government shutdown remains the dominant topic of conversation in Washington, just one in four voters (25 percent), say the shutdown has had ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ impact on them or their family. That said, 3 in 4 voters (75 percent) are concerned about federal workers going without pay for the duration of the shutdown,” the poll analysis said.

The poll of 1,984 registered voters was conducted Jan. 11-14.

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