Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 24 - 27, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,009 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

Questions 1 and 2 asked jointly by The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center.

1. How much if anything, have you heard about the possibility that the federal government might shut down this year if Republicans and the Obama administration can't agree on a budget? Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all?

 
          A lot   A little   Nothing at all   No opinion
2/27/11    37        34            29              *


2. If the federal government shuts down because (Republicans) and (the Obama administration) can't agree on a budget, who do you think would be more to blame:

 

          Obama   Republicans   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
2/27/11     35        36            17              1              10

Compare to Washington Post-ABC News:

As you may know, the Clinton administration and the Republicans have agreed to temporarily reopen the government offices that were closed for nearly three weeks while they worked on a new budget. Whose fault do you think this partial government shutdown mainly was -- Clinton's or the Republicans' in Congress?

           Clinton   Republicans   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
1/7/96***    27          50            20              1               2
1/3/96*      25          44            24              3               3
11/19/95     24          51            20              1               4
11/13/95**   27          46            20              2               5
*** Reworded & phrased in past tense
* "many" changed to "some"
** Phrased in future tense



3. Do you think the Obama administration is honestly trying to resolve the budget issue, or is it just playing politics?

 
           Trying to resolve issue   Playing politics   No opinion
2/27/11             43                      50               7

Compare to: 

Do you think the Clinton administration is honestly trying to resolve the budget issue, or is it just playing politics?

1/7/96              47                      49               3
1/3/96              33                      66               2
11/19/95            39                      57               5
11/13/95            45                      52               3


4. Do you think the Republicans in Congress are honestly trying to resolve the budget issue, or are they just playing politics?

 
           Trying to resolve issue   Playing politics   No opinion
2/27/11             33                      59               7
1/7/96              32                      65               3
1/3/96              27                      71               2
11/19/95            29                      68               4
11/13/95            33                      65               2

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