Your Take – Will There be a Government Shutdown?

We recently asked readers in a non-scientific poll if they thought a government shutdown would take place. The results were generally not very upbeat.

The possibility of a government shutdown seems increasingly ominous.
Each day, news hits the wires about a possible shutdown and its potential
effects.  We asked readers their opinion –
will there be a shutdown, or is it all hype?

Based on the response of several thousand readers, the
results were not very upbeat; 52.2% of those that responded in the
non-scientific survey said a shutdown would happen, while 30.9% said no and 16.9%
weren’t sure.

We posed two additional questions about a potential
shutdown.  These questions and their
responses are outlined below.

If there is a shutdown, which political party do you think
will realize a political benefit from the action?


 Republicans  22.9%
 Democrats  25%
 Both  10.3%
 Neither  41.8



If there is a shutdown, do you anticipate that federal
employees will be paid for the time the government is not open for business?

 Yes  45.2%
 No  38%
 Undecided  16.9%

Despite the negative outlook on the shutdown, there was a
slightly more upbeat view on retaining pay during a shutdown.  If the last shutdown is any indicator, this
view is probably justifiable.  MSNBC
recently reported
that in the shutdown that occurred in the 1990s,
employees were compensated during the furlough period, albeit via back pay.

It is unlikely to know with any certainty until at least
next week if a shutdown is likely to happen, but we will continue to keep our
readers informed of the events as they unfold.

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.