At the same time, 47 percent of those surveyed said that responsibility for a shutdown would lie on the shoulders of the Republicans in Congress, while 38 percent said they would blame Obama.
Views on both questions broke down largely along party lines. Sixty-three percent of Republicans said a shutdown would be a good thing, and 28 percent said it would be a bad thing. Among Democrats, those numbers are reversed, with 62 percent saying a shutdown would be bad and 28 percent saying it would be good.
Most Republicans – 65 percent – said Obama would be more responsible for a shutdown, while 74 percent of Democrats said they would blame Republicans. Independents also leaned toward blaming the GOP, with 48 percent saying they would blame the Republicans in Congress, 34 percent saying they would blame Obama and 18 percent undecided.
A Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found similar divisions. Thirty-six percent of those polled for that survey said they would primarily blame congressional Republicans for a shutdown, while 35 percent said they’d blame Obama. Another 17 percent said they would blame both.
Quinnipiac also polled on some of the budget questions that are troubling governments in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states.
Government employees are paid too much, 42 percent of those surveyed said — a response from 59 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats. Six percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Democrats said public workers are paid too little.
Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said they would support requiring public employees to pay more for their benefits and retirement programs, while 31 percent were opposed to such a proposal. Republicans and independents were stronger in their support of public employees paying more, with 72 percent of GOPers saying they want to see public workers contribute more, while 70 percent of independents said the same. Democrats are more divided – 47 percent said they support public workers paying more for their benefits, while 45 percent said they would oppose such a move.
The voters surveyed were split along party lines in their support of – or opposition to – limiting collective bargaining for public sector unions. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans said they support collective bargaining restrictions, while 33 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents said the same.
They were also divided over state politicians’ intentions with their efforts to limit collective bargaining, with 60 percent of Republicans calling it a cost-cutting measure, and 54 percent of Democrats saying it is an effort by Republican politicians to control unions.
The survey was conducted Feb. 21-28 and polled 1,887 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.