Article by FLN Staff.

Americans seem to hate government shutdowns. Inside the Beltway, politicians lose sleep over whether a government shutdown will weigh on voters’ minds when election day comes around. Yet, Americans hate big government spending even more.

According to Rasmussen, “55% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have a partial government shutdown until Congress can agree to either cut spending or keep it the same. Just 31% would rather avoid a partial shutdown by authorizing more spending, while 14% are not sure. ”

About the same number of people in a Monmouth poll conducted around the same time show Americans disapprove of shutdowns. Americans just hate big government more than the dysfunctional government.

Republicans in Washington vented last week against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for attacking their spending “compromise” that spends hundreds of billions on defense and social spending. Sen. Paul not only called out Washington for working against the wishes of their constituents, he made them look bad. Turns out that Rand’s position is more popular outside of D.C. than they originally thought.

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