11% Feel Major Impact From Government Shutdown

Eleven percent (11%) of voters say the federal government shutdown has had a major impact on their life. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 24% have felt a minor impact and 66% have felt hardly any or no impact.

The number reporting a major impact is down from 15% a week ago and 12% the week before.

There are several possible explanations for this decline. It may be nothing more than statistical noise meaning the actual number is somewhere between 11% and 15%. Or, some people may experienced an impact that they considered major at the time but turned out to be less significant in perspective. Another possibility could be tied to media reports suggesting a number  of potential problems that failed to materialize.

Regardless of the reason, it seems that the number of people impacted by the shutdown has stopped growing for now. Democrats remain more likely than Republicans to report feeling an impact from the shutdown (see crosstab results)

Just 30% now say that’s more important than ending the shutdown. That’s down two points from a week ago and five points from a month ago.

Still, most voters (59%) want at least some funding for the border wall to end the shutdown. That includes 33% who want partial funding and 26% who want full funding. Thirty-eight percent (38%) want no funding for the wall provided and 3% do not want to end the shutdown.

The president’s job approval ratings have declined during the shutdown, but it is not clear if that’s related to the shutdown itself or declining economic confidence. Still, while the president’s ratings have fallen, the Democrats have not gained ground on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Their advantage remains close to where it stood on election day last fall.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 18-19, 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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