Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone March 31 to April 3, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,008 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

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 canít agree on a budget? Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all?

          A lot   A little   Nothing at all   No opinion
4/3/11     32        36            32              *
2/27/11*   37        34            29              *
*Conducted for Washington Post and Pew Research Center

2. If the federal government shuts down because (Republicans) and (the Obama administration) canít agree on a budget, who do you think would be more to blame:

 
          Obama   Republicans   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
4/3/11      37        37            15              2               9
2/27/11*    35        36            17              1              10
*Conducted for Washington Post and Pew Research Center

Compare to Washington Post-ABC News:

As you may know, the federal government might have to partially shut down later this
month if (the Obama administration) and (the Republicans in Congress) cannot agree on
a plan to keep it running while they work on a new budget.  Who do you think is mainly
responsible for this situation Ė (the Obama administration) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

          Obama   Republicans   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion      
3/13/11     31        45            17              2               4

As you may know, the federal government has shut down some of its operations because
the Clinton administration and the Republicans in Congress have not agreed on a plan
to keep it running while they work on a new budget.  Whose fault do you think this
mainly is -- Clinton's or the Republicans' in Congress?

           Clinton   Republicans   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)  No opin.      
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
4/3/11              43                      51               6
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
4/3/11              31                      62               7
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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