More Say Shutdown Is About Politics Than Principle

Americans are more likely to believe the current budget debate between President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress is an attempt by both sides to gain political advantage (47%) than an important battle over principles and the future direction of government (37%). … In the current situation, Americans are slightly more likely to say that President Obama is acting responsibly in regards to the current budget conflict than to say that about the Republican leaders in Congress, by 40% to 35%. [cont.]

Frank Newport, Gallup