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Who do you think was most responsible for the federal government shutdown?

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Government Shutdown Poll Results

Republicans

104,106 votes

43%

Democrats

83,291 votes

35%

Distribution of answers submitted by America.

4 Republicans answers
3 Democrats answers
2 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Sep 18, 2013. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Data based on 30-day moving average to reduce daily variance from traffic sources. Totals may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

Learn more about Government Shutdown

On October 1, 2013, Congress failed to pass a new spending bill that would fund the government. House Republicans insisted that any spending bill include provisions that would defund Obamacare, arguing that Obamacare will hurt employers and that the medical device tax will send jobs overseas. Democrats insisted that no changes be made to Obamacare in the spending bill, arguing that Obamacare will expand access to health care, especially those with existing medical conditions, and bring down rising costs of coverage. The government shutdown forced 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed without pay, while another 1.3 million were required to report to work without pay.  See recent government shutdown news

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Obama, for his lack of leadership. 10mons ago from a Republican in Menomonee Falls, WI.

The two party system with the "ruler" class of legislators who make careers out of being politicians and are completely out of touch with the real world. 10mons ago from a Republican in Cary, NC.

Both are equally responsible and the majority of congress should be removed from office for gross negligence and dereliction of duty to their constiuancy. 10mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

He shoved Obama care down the nations throat without debate or agreement and the debate will now continue until there is some agreement. He is reaping what he sowed. 10mons ago from a Republican in Lakeland, FL.

The Senate is responsible because they have failed to pass a budget numerous times in the past few years. This is in direct violation of Federal law. I blame the Senate Majority leader initially, but his Caucus is equally responsible for not forcing a vote on the budget, or removing him from his position. 10mons ago from a Republican in San Jose, CA.

Tea Party and Boehner, with backing from the Koch brothers. 10mons ago from a Green in Gilford, NH.

Lack of term limits for Congress. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Audubon, NJ.

Multiple non-elected wealthy people and organizations that use money to persuade elected representatives. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Framingham, MA.

Democrats and the Established GOP, not all republicans. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Plano, TX.

Both Republicans and Democrats brought the Mexican standoff that led to the shutdown, using its threat as a weapon and tool to leverage what they wanted. The Republicans took it much further than the Democrats and so bear a greater responsibility for its consequences. 7mons ago from a Green in New York, NY.

Oregon has had moderate Republicans like Tom McCall -- but I don't think I will ever vote for a Republican again == Ponzi schemes, screw the middle class, starve the elderly and children... Republicans are most responsible -- and Waldron is a follower not a leader. 7mons ago from a Green in Federal Way, WA.

What harm did the the shut down cause? It seemed that that the fed people had to go out of their way to cause problems. I think we could shut down 10% of the federal government each quarter until we had 50% of the original and we wouldn't see any difference. All waste!!!. 7mons ago from a Republican in Argyle, TX.

Past and present legislators too afraid of losing their jobs. 7mons ago from a Republican in Mount Saint Joseph, OH.

Obama. He took pay away from our military personnel who defend the entire U.S. while he kept other lesser necessary people on the payroll. He shoved Obama care down the nations throat without debate or agreement and the debate will now continue until there is some agreement. He is reaping what he sowed. 7mons ago from a Republican in Bowling Green, KY.

Both parties acted in an iresponsbile manner. However, the Government and White House spending is out of control. The U.S. cant keep taking on m ore national debt. 7mons ago from a Republican in Usk, WA.

This matter should not be an issue of which side is at fault or at blame. The real issue is the lack of money that will occur if things are not fixed. Does the phrase "united we stand, divided we fall" mean anything to either party anymore? One's party affiliation doesn't matter, we elected these people for a reason, no matter what party, and that reason is to do what is required for the government to function. Doesn't seem like it's exactly functioning right now, is it? It's not just one person's fault, America as a whole will need to unite and coexist to fix the problem. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Columbia, MO.

All sides have their share of responsibility. The hardliners developing in each political "group" are playing to a public wedded to sound bites and inflammatory positions - all of which implies the truly responsible people are the public at large who fail to vote or whom vote based upon dogma rather than informed policy considerations. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Lancaster, CA.

Democrats, who didn't read the healthcare Bill, refusing to negotiate with the GOP suggested compromise of mandate delays to the Bill and in return appropriate funds for it. For the Liberal historcally impaired people in the room, the Democrats went ahead with the delays when they realized the mandates were screwing with their re elections. 7mons ago from a Republican in Irving, TX.

Those who fund non-issues for the purpose of divisive actions in the body of society are completely and inexorably responsible for the federal government impotence and shutdown. Again pure capitalist activism has waged a war on American society and destroyed the very fabric from the top to the bottom. 7mons ago from a Green in Dana Point, CA.

The shutdown is the result of many previous decisions, but the big, public showdown was mostly the result of the Republican Party trying to make a point. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.

I am to uninformed to have an opinion. 7mons ago from a Democrat in El Cerrito, CA.

Obama, by his instruction to Harry Reid and Democrats to "no negotiate" any issues on budget expenditures were the cause of the shutdown. Obama's narcissism prevents him from accepting any compromise. 7mons ago from a Republican in Central Point, OR.

The Republicans inability to effectively serve its constituency by standing up to the Tea Party. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Cambridge, MA.

Probably both but it turned out to be a big nothing as the so called critical programs continued and government workers were given a three week paid vacation. 7mons ago from a Republican in Las Vegas, NV.

Both sides are guilty. The Senate has not provided a budget in 3 years. The House, Senate and President are all guilty of serving their own purposes vs. doing what is best for this counttry. Our current rate of spending is unsustainable and we are not funding the types of things the government should be funding like infrastructure. Green energy is a boondoggle and that money would have been better served rebuilding bridges, roads, airports, rail, etc and should not have been a taxpayer payback to Obama's donors. 7mons ago from a Republican in Houston, TX.

Democrats, Harry Reid, Obama, they did not want to deal at all and correct me if I am wrong, but compromise is what our government needs, not a bunch of old time Senate members who say it is my way or the highway, well maybe they will get the highway in 2014. Reid,Pelosi need to go!!!!!!!!!. 7mons ago from a Republican in Winchester, VA.

If parents, as head of house hold, are responsible for their children's behavior and CEO's are ( or should be held) responsible for their companies then the President should be held responsible for his staff congress, both republican and democrate,. 7mons ago from a Republican in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Supreme Court is to blame for allowing money to buy elections and gerrymandering. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Arlington, VA.

Republicans and their hate-mongers and evil intentions was 65% at fault. Democrats were 35% at fault due to their lack of initiative to act forthright on behalf of its constituents. 7mons ago from a Republican in Signal Hill, CA.

We have numerous small groups that have numerous permutations of ideas of what is best for the US Population. We group together in groups who have similar (yet still different ideas) The fact that we cannot 100% agree on what is best is what caused the shut down. 7mons ago from a Republican in Clatskanie, OR.

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