Two-thirds of Americans are concerned over a possible government shutdown

New Ipsos/Reuters poll finds three out of ten Americans say Republicans in Congress are to blame if the federal government shuts down

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  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, September 30, 2021– A new Ipsos/Reuters poll finds three out of five Americans are concerned about the federal government shutting down if Congress fails to settle on a funding plan by October 1. A similar proportion is concerned about the federal government’s inability to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. Concern for both is primarily driven by Democrats (74% over government shutdown and 78% over debt ceiling), compared to Republicans (50% concerned over a possible government shutdown and 53% concerned over the debt ceiling). A plurality (30%) says Republicans in Congress would be to blame if a deal isn’t reached. On the question of consequences, most would support Congress passing a spending bill if it provided assistance to victims of natural disasters (75%), raised taxes on the wealthy (67%), and if it keeps the federal government open past Friday (68%).

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 28-29, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 433 Democrats, 369 Republicans, and 128 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 9.9 percentage points for independents.  

Some of the results of this survey are trended against previous Ipsos polls conducted December 21-25, 2018, January 1-7, 2019, and January 8-14, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For the December 2018 survey, a sample of roughly 2,776 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. For the January 1-7, 2019 survey, a sample of roughly 2,203 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. For the January 8-14, 2019 survey, a sample of roughly 3,338 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.

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The author(s)

  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs

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