Voters Have No Problem With Shutting Down Govt. Versus Paying More Taxes: Survey

Voters Have No Problem With Shutting Down Govt. Versus Paying More Taxes: Survey

As Democrats and the Biden administration line up to blame the new House Republican majority for ‘shutting down the government’ by refusing to agree to raise the debt ceiling, voters have a message for all of them: Go right ahead.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, most voters think that uncontrolled federal spending is why the debt ceiling has to be raised again in the first place, so they are fine with a government shutdown until both parties come up with enough cuts to bring the debt down. In addition, the survey found that most voters think that Congress, the White House, and federal agencies are to blame for the debt, not Americans paying too little in taxes.

In all, 56 percent said they support a “partial” shutdown to bring down the debt, while just 34 percent said they didn’t.

Also, 66 percent of respondents believe the debt is high because of “politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending,” which was more than three times higher than the 21 percent who are putting the onus on taxpayers.

The Washington Examiner noted:

The government hit the $31.38 trillion debt ceiling last week. Republicans have been pushing for spending cuts, while Democrats are trying to eliminate the cap to allow unlimited spending and borrowing. President Joe Biden has so far refused to engage in negotiations, leaving his administration to take action to stall a government shutdown.

The media has played along with the administration in warning of catastrophic impacts if the administration has to start partially shutting down the government. But those warnings have been heard before, and voters apparently aren’t scared by them.

Voters are slightly more supportive now of a shutdown than they were in 2018 when one loomed during the Trump administration. After a brief shutdown in February of that year, 54 percent said they were supportive of it.

“Republicans were more favorable to a new shutdown, but still 41% of Democrats said they prefer it to raising taxes. What’s more, a majority of Democrats — 52% — agree that politicians are to blame for sky-high government debt,” the Examiner noted. “Federal workers are also against a shutdown, worried about losing pay. But after past shutdowns, federal workers have received back pay even though they were on furlough, though outside contractors do not get paid for not showing up in the office.”

Fox Business reported that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is working on setting up a meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to find ways to reduce wasteful spending and to look at permitting rule changes that would open up West Virginia’s Moutain Vally Pipeline.

“I think what we have to do is realize that we have a debt problem,” he told “Sunday Morning Futures” anchor Maria Bartiromo at the Davos 2023 summit. “All we’re saying is, should we not make sure we all recognize how we got there? How we prevent from going further?”


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