MI_Poll_Logo80% of Michigan voters not affected by shutdown, more blame House GOP

Lansing, Mich. – The federal government shut down and 80 percent of Michigan voters said they were personally not very affected (9 percent) or not at all affected (71 percent) by the shutdown. When asked who was to blame for the shutdown, 46 percent blamed the House Republicans and 36 percent blamed President Obama.

Tom Shields, President of Marketing Resource Group commented, “It may be a crisis in Washington D.C. that the federal government has shutdown, but in Michigan hardly anyone has noticed. Wall Street and the media are all worked up, but everyday voters seem to be letting out a collective yawn over the shutdown.”

“As you would expect, Democrats (87 percent) are most likely to blame House Republicans while GOP voters are more likely to blame President Obama. However, among the key block of voters, independents, the margin between those who blame House Republicans (44 percent) and those who blame Obama (32 percent) is only 12 percent. The Republicans are not getting hurt by this nearly as bad as it is being portrayed by some,” Steve Mitchell, Chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc. said.

Actual wording of both questions is below:

A government shutdown began on October first. Have you personally been affected by it? [IF YES:] Have you been very seriously affected, somewhat affected, not very affected, or not at all affected by the federal government shutdown?

Very seriously: 5%
Somewhat affected: 14 | 19%
Not very affected: 9 | 80%
Not at all affected: 71%
[VOLUNTEERED] Don’t Know/Refused: 1%

Who do you think is most responsible for the federal government shutdown, [ROTATE] President Obama or House Republicans?

President Obama: 36%
House Republicans: 46%
[VOLUNTEERED] Both equally: 15%
[VOLUNTEERED] Don’t Know/Refused: 3%

MRG/MR&C Michigan Poll
Conducted October 6-10, 2013
(N=600 Likely Voters)
Live Telephone Interviewers
MOE + or – 4% at 95% Level of Confidence
77% Landline – 23% Cell Phone

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About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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About Mitchell Research and Communications
Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc. is a Michigan based, national full-service firm specializing in public affairs, market research and political polling, political consulting, crisis management and legislative advocacy. The firm also provides voter identification and GOTV programs. The company has worked for corporate, association, political, governmental and media clients for more than 25 years. It has been the pollster for television stations and newspapers in Michigan, California, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. It’s main office and telephone center is based in East Lansing, Michigan.

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