Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters nationwide have felt no impact from the federal government shutdown. That figure includes 21% who don’t know there’s a shutdown. Another 14% report hardly any impact while 13% say they’ve felt a minor impact. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 6% claim that the shutdown has had a major impact on their life.
The lack of impact on the public at large is one reason that periodic government shutdowns have little lasting impact on the political environment. Additionally, among those who are aware of the shutdown, 82% realize that no essential services are at risk.
Among all voters, 65% say it’s more important to immediately end the partial shutdown than to fund the border wall. However, 68% of Republicans say funding the wall is more important. Democrats and Independent voters strongly disagree.
Rural voters are evenly divided, but suburban and urban voters tend to say that ending the shutdown matters most (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 26-27, 2018 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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