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.


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.