A majority of respondents to a YouGov survey taken over the weekend and early this week blame congressional Republicans for the government shutdown, but that doesn't mean respondents are wild about the Affordable Care Act.
More than half (53%) blamed “Republicans in Congress” for the shutdown, compared with 38% who pointed the finger at President Barack Obama and 28% who cited congressional Democrats. Of the respondents who picked more than one choice, 55% specifically blamed Obama. Of those who fingered the GOP for the shutdown, more than half (51%) said “most” congressional Republicans are to blame, compared with 25% who chose “some” Capitol Hill Republicans, and 22% who chose “all.”
Thirty-nine percent of respondents said the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, compared with 21% who said it should be expanded, and 19% who replied that it should be kept the same. Twenty-one percent said they were not sure. Asked if they preferred to protect or stop Obamacare, 43% chose the former and 36% picked the latter.
On the shutdown itself:
-63% said they had heard “a lot” about it, compared with 32% who had heard “a little,” and 5% who knew “nothing at all.”
-28% believe the impasse will last between one and two weeks, while 25% say it will go on “almost a month.”
-9% said they were unable to use a federal government service, and 7% said they could not collect data from a government website. Twenty-one percent replied that they know someone who could not use a federal service, while 19% said they knew a person who was unable to visit a national park or monument.
On the players involved:
-34% of respondents said they had “very negative” views of the Tea Party movement, compared with 13% who had “very positive” views. Seventy-six percent said they do not think of themselves as members of the Tea Party movement.
-18% said they “strongly approve” of the job Obama is doing as president, and 23% “somewhat approved.” Thirty-six percent “strongly disapproved,” while 15% “somewhat disapproved.”
-Only 2% “strongly approved” of the job Congress is doing. Seven percent “somewhat approved.”
YouGov surveyed 1,000 US citizens, age 18 and older, for the survey. It was taken October 5-7.