Build the Wall or Shut Down the Government? A New Poll Reveals Americans' Thoughts

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What’s more, can he make Mexico pay for it? Sure, he can build it, but it’s not nearly as simple as he says. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll is delving into the reaction of Americans to a potential government shutdown.

If there’s no approved budget plan soon, the U.S. government is due to shut down on October 1, 2017.


Talk of government shutdown is not a new thing. What’s new is that it’s happening with Donald Trump in the presidency, now, and he’s suggesting things that show how out of touch he is with the not only members of Congress, but the citizens.

At his Phoenix rally, Trump threatened to shut down the government, if they didn’t include funding for the border wall in the legislation. That would be the border wall that Mexico is supposed to pay for.

Said Trump:

“Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said during an Arizona rally.

The new poll shows just how “not cool” Americans are with that threat.

Sixty-one percent of respondents are against shutting down the government over funding for Trump’s wall. Only 28 percent (probably not the people relying on Social Security to live) are supportive of a shutdown, with another 11 percent who don’t know or don’t care.

This was a fairly good sized sampling, with 1,999 respondents. It was conducted from August 24 to August 28, and has a margin of error of only 2 percent.


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