Survey: Local Impact Of Government Shutdown

By: Tallahassee Voices; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Tallahassee Voices; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 16, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The latest TallahasseeVoices survey shows local residents have mixed feelings on what to do about our country's debt dilemma.

While lawmakers in Washington were debating the debt crisis, residents in Tallahassee were concerned about the implications.

A new TallahasseeVoices survey says eight percent of households say they have been monetarily affected by the partial government shutdown.

Forty-three percent say it's had a non-monetary negative effect on them.

The biggest impact respondents say, was not being able to visit national parks, followed by mental strain, job complications or uncertainty, loss of federal services, and loss in confidence in the country.

Tallahassee resident Samantha Vance says, "I pray that they [Congress]will rely on God, those who are Christians, will rely on God to make sure that things come out the way they should for all of us in our best interest."

Seventy percent of survey respondents say they are uncomfortable with the United State's 16 trillion dollar debt.

Fifty-two percent agree the U.S. should keep raising the debt limit as needed; 41 percent say there's no harm in raising it; and 74 percent say it would hurt if congress doesn't raise it.

Tallahassee resident Kent Miller says, "They don't care what the cost is. They think it's the right thing to do to get the country back. It's all about money, of course, ultimately."

Sixty-six percent of local residents say they think the government is too large.

The full report is attached.

Press Release: Tallahassee Voices

Survey results

• In this government town, only 8% of households say they have been monetarily affected by the partial federal government shutdown
– Whether a household member works for any level of government affects one’s view of the government shutdown
– Only 5% of households with no government employees say the partial federal government shutdown has affected them monetarily
• 43% of local residents say they have been affected non-monetarily by the shutdown
– 12% unable to visit national parks
– 11% suffering mental strain
– 10% facing job complications/uncertainty

• 66% of local residents think the government is too large
• 56% of local residents believe we receive a poor return on our investment in the federal, state, and local governments
• Local residents are conflicted regarding increasing the debt limit:
– 70% of local residents are uncomfortable with the level of federal debt
– 52% agree the US should keep raising the debt limit as needed
– 41% say there is no harm in raising the debt limit
– 74% say there will be harm if congress does not raise the debt limit

*TallahasseeVoices is a pro bono internet survey panel sponsored by Kerr & Downs Research.

This survey was conducted in October 2013: 437 panelists responded to the survey.

Results were weighted to reflect the demographics of the 90%+ local residents who have access to the Internet at home, work, or school.

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