The high-stakes negotiations to avoid another partial government shutdown has attracted relatively little interest among the public at large. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 29%of voters have been following news on the topic Very Closely. And, only 44% of all voters were aware that a deal had been reached.
Among those who knew of the agreement, 66% had a favorable opinion. That included 76% of Democrats, 62% of Republicans, and 59% of Independent voters (see crosstab results). Seventy percent (70%) knew the agreement included some funding for additional fencing along the southern border of the United States.
As for those who were not aware a deal had been reached, most (58%) supported it when it was described to them (see question wording).
Earlier polling had shown that most voters wanted negotiators to do whatever it took to avoid another shutdown.
This and other data suggests that the shutdown will have little lasting impact on public opinion. Economic confidence declined during the shutdown but has rebounded since. The same is true for the president’s job approval ratings.
However, while the shutdown will not be an issue, immigration remains one of the top issues facing the nation today.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted February 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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