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Bryan Preston


February 28, 2011 - 8:44 am

The Tatler might have to get a siren or some other symbol of shocking, breaking news. We’ll think of something. Until we do, here’s the story that’s spurring the need:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The partisan differences are striking. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats prefer avoiding a shutdown by going with current spending levels. But 80% of Republicans — and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party — think a shutdown is a better option until the two sides can agree on spending cuts. (emphasis added)

A majority of independents would side with the GOP in a shutdown to get spending cuts… The Democrats might want to party like it’s 1995, thinking that will get them back on the winning side, but if Rasmussen is right, it really isn’t 1995 anymore.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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