Support for Government Shutdown Drops to 45%

Was 53% two weeks ago

Most voters still think a federal government shutdown would be bad for the economy, and support for a shutdown to force budget cuts has fallen several points. Voters are now evenly divided over whether they want to risk a shutdown to cut federal spending.

Two weeks ago, 53% of Likely U.S. Voters said they’d rather have a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut, while 37% said they’d rather avoid a shutdown by authorizing spending at existing levels. Now, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% favor a shutdown until spending cuts are agreed on, and 46% want to move ahead with spending at existing levels