78 percent of Americans say they weren't inconvenienced by government shutdown: survey
Posted 10/24/2013 11:59:00 AM

As politicians and cable news pundits spent  the 16-day shutdown of  the federal government describing the apocalyptic  scenario of the shutdown, the vast majority of ordinary citizens weren't  even  phased by the fed being closed for business, according to a new  survey.

The Washington Post/ABC News survey, released  Tuesday, finds that  78-percent of those polled say they were not inconvenienced  by the  shutdown at all.

Of the 22-percent who said they were  inconvenienced, 11-percent described their troubles as a 'minor  inconvenience.'


The survey was conducted October 17 through  the 20th - after the shutdown had come to an end.

The  surveyors polled 1,002 adults, asking the question 'Were you  personally  inconvenienced by the partial shutdown of the federal  government or  not?'

If a respondent answered yes, they were asked  the followup question of 'was it a major inconvenience or a minor  inconvenience?'

Prior to the shutdown, the Associated Press  explained how it would effect regular people, noting that it would have  far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others.

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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