78% Want Action So That Essential Federal Employees Get Paid During Shutdown

Several hundred thousand essential government employees are required to work during the shutdown. However, regardless of how long it takes to resolve, these workers will not get paid until after the shutdown is ended. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters favor changing the law so that employees who are required to work during the shutdown can get paid on time. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 13% oppose this reform and 10% are not sure.

These results stand in sharp contrast to public perceptions of how furloughed workers should be treated. Data released earlier showed that 41% believe furloughed workers should be encouraged to find jobs in the private sector. Just 27% disagree.

Currently 13% of voters say they have felt a major impact from the shutdown. That’s up from 9% a week ago and 6% the week before. Twenty percent (20%) have felt a minor impact. Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to claim an impact from the shutdown (see crosstab results).

Among those who are aware there is a government shutdown, 67% say ending it immediately is more important than fully funding the border wall. Thirty-three percent (33%) take the opposite view. Those figures have remained constant throughout the shutdown. However, Republican voters consistently place a higher priority on funding the wall.

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The new national survey of 1,006 Registered Voters was conducted January 8-9, 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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