Poll: Voters recoil from government shutdown

Sixty-five percent of voters in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll say that Congress should “take all necessary steps to avoid a government shutdown,” a warning sign for lawmakers who might be toying with the idea of holding up funding to influence policy. Just 17 percent of registered voters say they could stomach a shutdown “if it helps them achieve their policy goals.”

Those are sobering numbers for members of Congress, who leave town Friday for two weeks having done absolutely nothing to avoid a shutdown when the money to fund government operations runs out at the end of the month.

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted among 1,990 registered voters March 30 through April 1. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.