Almost half of Americans believe that the current budget debate and the subsequent shutdown is just about politics, a new Gallup poll shows.
Forty-seven percent of the US citizens think that the debate over budget in Congress is an attempt by both Republican and Democratic parties to gain political advantage, according to the poll.
Thirty-seven percent believe that the budget discussion is a battle over principles and the future direction of the US government, the survey, which was conducted Sept. 27-28, said.
The poll shows that Americans disagree with the claim by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress that their positions and actions in regard to budget shutdown are based on conviction and principle.
The White House budget director Monday midnight ordered federal agencies to begin closing down after the Senate and the House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on a budget plan to avert a government shutdown.
“Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director Of the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a memo.
The order was issued 10 minutes before the US government officially ran out of money.
This is the first time in 17 years that the US government shuts down. In the previous shutdown in 1995, Americans tended to give more credit to the then president for acting responsibly than to the Republican leaders in Congress.