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What do U.S. voters think about the ongoing government shutdown?

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On December 22, 2018, during the Trump Administration, the U.S. federal government shut down for a period of 35 days until January 25th, 2019. This was the longest shutdown in U.S history to this date and it stemmed from budgetary issues over funding the expansion of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.


In an online survey in January 2019, we took a quick dip into the field to get a cursory sense of how voters were perceiving the end to the government shutdown.  Based on online interviews with 384 voters weighted for key demographics, we found:


Voters overwhelmingly support the deal to end the government shutdown with 79% supporting it including 48% who strongly support it, compared with only 21% who opposed the deal.

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*Includes 48% strongly support, 31% somewhat support


However, here voters are not too optimistic as 73% thought a government shut down happen again in three weeks.

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Government shutdown appears to be helping Democrats oddly


Democrats in Congress are seen as getting the better end of the deal by a nearly 3 to 1 margin (48% to 17%) over President Trump and the Republicans in Congress.

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The government shutdown does not appear to be convincing voters that Trump will get border wall funding. Voters are pessimistic that the wall will be built. Just under 1 in 3 (32%) voters think President Trump will get the funding to build his wall by the end of his term in office.

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Bart Borkosky

Bart Borkosky



Bart Borkosky is Chief Research Officer at OvationMR and posts regularly on research topics like conjoint analysis, customer experience, and other methodologies on The Standard Ovation.

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