Public Slightly Less Cynical About This Shutdown Than the Last One

by Jim Geraghty

How do you think public attitudes about this government shutdown compare to the one back in 1995?

Believe it or not, according to Gallup, the public is now slightly less likely to call this “an attempt by both sides to gain political advantage.”

Of course, it can also be both; lawmakers often believe that making arguments about principles and the future direction of government will help them gain political advantage. But it’s intriguing that the public is slightly less cynical about lawmakers’ motives, and slightly more undecided, than back in 1995.