- Posted October 10, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
The Results of the Cornfield Blame Game Survey
At 12:01 a.m. October 1, 2013, non-essential services of the US government ground to a halt as the US Congress could not come to agreement on a continuing resolution to keep funding the government during this new fiscal year. That shutdown is now in its 10th day with no end yet in sight.
Within moments of the shutdown, in the wee morning hours, the blame game had begun in earnest. Yes, people were already pointing fingers and casting aspersion before the failure to do the people's work, but when reality dawned and the shutdown began, the blame game took off like a shooting star.
In light of the shutdown and the neverending news media coverage of the inactivity and the jostling in the halls of Congress and even on the Rose Lawn of the White House, it seemed only fitting to gauge the pulse of Cornfield readers and members of CNN's iReport community of which I am a regular contributor.
I created a survey at Cornfield Polling to asses who, you the readers and community members, believe should shoulder the responsibility for the debacle that has gone from nightmare to reality.
The survey ran through Wednesday, October 9, ending at midnight. The results were hidden during the survey, but are now tabulated and analyzed. Here are the results of that survey.
It was simply one question with the possibility of 10 answers. The largest percentage of participants laid the blame equally on Republicans, Democrats and President Barack Obama. The next highest percentage were more specific blaming the President, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner. Not everyone who visited Cornfield Polling and selected an answer submitted that answer.
Total responses: 187
Full responses: 25
Incomplete responses: 162
Participants in the survey hailed from across the US of A. Here are the locations which are represented in the survey:
Farmersburg, IN | Hermitage, TN | Laughlin, NV | Austin, TX
Manhattan, KS | Las Vegas, NV | Lake Havasu City, AZ | Newtown Square, PA
Sullivan, IN | Terre Haute, IN | Bloomington, IN | Nashville, IN
Modesto, CA | Rochester, NY | Placentia, CA | Brooklyn, NY
Norfolk, VA | San Antonio, TX | West Palm Beach, FL | Chicago, IL
The full results of the survey can be viewed by going to: http://fromthecornfield.com/BlameGameSurvey.pdf
The question asked:
The US Congress failed to come to agreement to continue funding of the government for the new fiscal year which began at 12:01 a.m. October 1, 2013, which has resulted in closing of non-essential services and furlough without pay of around 800,000 federal civilian employees. Who do you feel bears the brunt of blame for this failure to act and keep all government activities functioning?
All are to blame: Republicans, Democrats and the President 44%
President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Boehner collectively 28%
President Barack Obama 16%
The Congress as a whole 8%
Republicans in Congress 4%
Five of the possible responses received 0 blame:
Democrats in Congress 0%
Tea Party Republicans 0%
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 0%
House Speaker John Boehner 0%
Both Harry Reid and John Boehner 0%
From the Cornfield, that is how Cornfield readers and members of the iReport community place the blame for the continued closure of non-essential agencies and services.