Majority say shutdown did ‘serious damage’ to U.S. image

More than eight in 10 Americans say the recent budget dispute has damaged the United States's image in the world, with 56 percent saying it did "serious damage," according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.


The poll shows that sentiment is nearly universal, with majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents saying the situation did serious harm to the United States's image.

Republicans, whose party took the brunt of the blame for the government shutdown, were the most concerned about the harm done by the dispute. Six in 10 (60 percent) say the dispute did serious damage.


There is something of a gender gap, with 64 percent of women and 47 percent of men saying the situation did serious damage.

Just 18 percent of Americans said they were proud of American politics today -- down from 25 percent earlier this year.

While disappointment in government runs high, though, Americans seem to separate that from general feelings about the United States as a country. A June Gallup poll showed 85 percent said they were extremely or very proud to be an American.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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