How Americans see a more serious shutdown than they did in 1995 — in one chart

October 7, 2013

Seven in 10 Americans say the federal government shutdown is a major problem or a crisis, according a Gallup poll released Friday. That's a higher percentage than said the same thing (56 percent) at the height of the 1995 shutdown.

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The survey was taken on days three and four of the shutdown, which is now in its seventh day. It's clear Americans are not taking it lightly, and the question now is how their views will change as the shutdown drags on.

If views become even more negative, will lawmakers start to feel enough pressure to bend on their firmly held positions in the shutdown standoff? This is a key question moving forward.

The Gallup poll also shows that Americans see congressional Republicans and President Obama more negatively as a result of the shutdown. As we reported last week, congressional Republicans are absorbing more blame, according to early polling.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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