15% Now Feeling Major Impact from Shutdown

Fifteen percent (15%) of voters nationwide now say the have personally felt a major impact from the partial government shutdown. That’s up from 12% a week ago, 9% the week before, and 6% in late December.

A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 21% of Democrats claim a major impact from the shutdown along with 13% of Independent voters and 10% of Republicans (see crosstab results)

Overall, 18% have felt a minor impact and 67% hardly any or no impact.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters believe the shutdown will last a few more weeks. Thirty-four percent (34%) believe it will last longer while 15% expect it to be resolved in a matter of days.

By a 68% to 32% margin, voters place a higher priority on ending the shutdown rather than obtaining full funding for the border wall. However, most Republicans (58%) place a higher priority on the wall. Most Democrats (89%) and Independents (70%) take the opposite view. These figures have changed little since the shutdown began.

Those who Strongly Approve of President Trump’s performance also overwhelmingly place a higher priority on building the wall than ending the shutdown. However, among those who Somewhat Approve of the president, 55% say ending the shutdown matters more.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe furloughed government workers should be encouraged to seek jobs in the private sector. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree and 26% are not sure.

Data released earlier showed that 78% favor changing the law so that employees who are required to work during the shutdown can get paid on time.

When the shutdown is over, 46% favor a plan to reduce the number of federal employees while 35% are opposed.

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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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