Americans fear gov’t shutdown
- 60 percent of Americans say a government shut down would hurt the economy, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.
- Another 44 percent say it would just hurt a lot. 19 percent say nothing would change, and 11 percent say it would help the economy.
- 50 percent of American families say a government shutdown would hurt their families and their livelihoods. This percentage includes 28 percent who say it really would hurt them and their way of life.
- And 7 percent said it would help them, plus another 33 percent who say a shutdown wouldn’t make a difference.
While many Americans fear the possible outcomes of a government shutdown that may come about, the majority polled say it won’t actually happen. 55 percent of respondents said that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress will reach a deal before the September 30th deadline, versus 18 percent who say they won’t. Have questions about the shutdown? WaPo comes to the rescue.