WASHINGTON– A majority of voters believe that Congress should do whatever is necessary to avoid a government shutdown later this week, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.
Sixty-three percent said that Congress “should take all of the necessary steps” to avert a shutdown, while 18 percent said that they would support a shutdown if it helped achieve policy goals.
The government is set to run out of funding on December 8 without Congressional action.
Despite support for keeping the government open, however, the poll found that when voters were presented with specific policy issues, respondents were more willing to see a shutdown.
Sixty-nine percent said that they would support a shutdown if it was over renewing the Childhood Insurance Program while 23 percent said they would be opposed.
Fifty-nine percent similarly said they’d back a shutdown if it was over increased defense and homeland security funding while 31 percent said they’d be opposed.
When presented with the possibility of new recovery aide for Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida, 51 percent said that they would support a shutdown and 29 percent said they’d be opposed.
The poll was conducted among 1,997 registered voters between Dec. 1-3. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.