The last government shutdown and now: a different environment
As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.
Lessons from the last government shutdown
The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.
Republicans divided on impact of shutdown, willingness to compromise
The share of Tea Party Republicans who say the economic effect of a government shutdown will be major is 21 points lower than others in the GOP.
Blame for Both Sides as Possible Government Shutdown Approaches
If the federal government shuts down over a budget disagreement, about as many Americans would blame the Republicans (39%) as would blame the Obama administration (36%), with 17% volunteering that both would be equally to blame.
Tea Party Increasingly Unhappy with GOP Leadership
As lawmakers return for what promises to be a busy fall session, GOP congressional leaders face mounting disapproval among Tea Party Republicans.
Younger Republicans think more diverse nominees would help GOP win
A recent survey of Republican and Republican-leaning adults about the GOP’s future found stark age differences in opinions on the question of whether more diverse nominees would help the party perform better in future elections.
Sharp divisions in GOP base on raising the minimum wage
Proposals to raise the minimum wage face stiff opposition in Congress from Republicans, particularly in the House. But within the GOP base, there are sharp educational and income differences over the issue.
The GOP’s new guard are the political young folk these days
The Republicans may have a new, younger guard to choose from in seeking the White House in 2016, but with ideological divisions in the party about policy, the GOP faces challenges in winning over younger voters.
Fewer GOP voters agree with the Tea Party than in 2010
About four-in-ten Republican voters say they agree with the Tea Party movement, down from its height in 2010.
Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries
There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.