Government Shutdown Survey: Not Many Surprised by Current Shutdown

On October 1, parts of the US government were shut down because Congress and the President were unable to come up with a budget resolution to prevent the shutdown. This isn’t the first government shutdown or budget crisis in recent memory. How many Americans are surprised by this latest government shutdown? And when do they think it will be resolved?

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Government Shutdown

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 70% of Americans said they are not surprised that Congress was unable to come to an agreement to prevent a government shutdown by the October 1 deadline. 16% said they were somewhat surprised. And just 7% said they were very surprised. 8% said they were not aware of the government shutdown.

23% of respondents said that they shutdown could have a direct impact on them or a member of their immediate family. 40% said the shutdown won’t impact them. And 37% said they are unsure about the potential impact.

Timely Resolutions

Looking forward, just 5% of respondents think that Congress will definitely be able to come to an agreement within the next few days. 38% think Congress will probably come to an agreement in that time period. 49% think it probably won’t. And 8% think it definitely won’t.

Congressional Decisions

This isn’t the first time in recent years that Congress has had trouble coming to an agreement on an important issue. In general, 59% of respondents said they feel the current congress is worse than previous congresses when it comes to agreeing on important issues. Just 5% said they think the current congress is better at coming to agreements than previous congresses. 26% rated the current congress as about the same as previous ones. And 11% had no opinion.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: House GOP from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on October 1 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.