As Republicans and Democrats in Congress haggle over the budget, most voters would rather have a partial shutdown of the federal government than keep its spending at current levels.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut.
I don’t think this is in the cards, since most voters don’t see passage of a budget as an emergency – an emergency worth extreme measures like a government shutdown.
So, there will be NO government shutdown but probably a series of continuing spending resolutions, since the GOP would rather see this issue come up every few months as we head into election season 2012.