How both Democratic and Republican economic confidence has slipped — in one chart

There seems to be little that Democrats and Republicans agree upon in the fiscal standoff that has triggered a federal government shutdown and could bring the nation to the brink of its first default. But this much is clear: Their confidence in the economy has dropped in the last month, as the debate has ramped up.

As a new Gallup poll shows, economic confidence among Democrats declined by nine points in September, while GOP confidence dropped four points. Confidence among independents dipped by two points.

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As the shutdown continues and the standoff doesn't move, the question is if and at what point larger concerns about the economy will trigger a great willingness among lawmakers to compromise.

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

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