Sixty-five percent of voters do not want a government shutdown, according to the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, while only 17 percent agree with a government shutdown if it "helps them achieve their policy goals."
Very few issues are worth shutting down the government, according to the poll.
- 54 percent say increasing defense spending with no domestic spending cuts would be worth a shut down.
- 47 percent say increasing Pentagon spending while cutting domestic spending would make it worth it.
- 38 percent say the border wall is worth a shutdown.
Money to fund government operations runs out at the end of the month, and lawmakers on Friday are leaving Washington for a two-week break, Politico reports.
Breaking down the result by party affiliation, although few from either party favor a shutdown, 22 percent of Republicans are OK with a shutdown, while only 14 percent of Democrats agree.
"In theory, a sizeable majority of voters dislike the idea of Congress causing a government shutdown. However, when faced with a real-world tradeoff of losing a favorable policy outcome, support for a temporary shutdown rises sharply," said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult co-founder and chief research officer.
The poll was conducted among 1,990 registered voters from March 30 to April 1, and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
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