As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, public attitudes towards the political impasse are as stuck as the positions of the nation’s political leaders. Nobody’s opinion is shifting.
By a two-to-one margin, those aware of the shutdown think it’s more important to end the political dysfunction than to provide full funding for the border wall. However, Republican voters place a higher priority on the wall.
Most voters (51%) expect the shutdown to last a few more weeks. Sixteen percent (16%) think it will end sooner while 25% think it could last even longer. Nine percent (9%) are not aware there is currently a government shutdown.
In a national survey conducted Wednesday night and Thursday morning (January 1 and 10), 12% of voters nationwide said they have personally felt a major impact from the shutdown. That’s up a bit from 9% a week ago and 6% the week before. Another 16% claim to have experienced a minor impact. However, 72% have felt hardly any impact or no impact at all.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now viewed favorably by 41% of voters. That’s up five points from a week ago. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer saw both his positive and negative ratings increase by five points.