Blame Game

The current government shutdown is the longest in American history. Who do Americans most blame for the current government shutdown?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story do the data tell?

  3. Why do you think Americans blame Trump more than Democrats for the government shutdown?

  4. What will be one consequence of the data from the chart above?

  5. Who do you blame for the government shutdown? (Take our survey below)*

  6. Describe what you need to know about how the polling data was collected to determine its reliability.

  7. Do you think that polls like the one above are more likely to reflect opinion or to shape public opinion?

  8. Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51, that in order to avoid a tyranny, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” Explain whether you think our system of government has countered ambition too much.

  9. Let’s say that a politician read the data above and thought, “wow, my constituents are really mad at me, I better change my position to end the shutdown.” Explain whether that politician’s perspective is more reflective of a trustee or a delegate.

  10. Explain any connection between the government shutdown and divided government.

  11. The Quinnipiac University poll** (below) has slightly different data from the CBS poll (above). What is the most likely reason for that difference?

  12. According to The Quinnipiac University poll**, How do demographics impact public opinion on the shutdown?

  13. What questions do you have about the data or this topic?

  14. How much do you think the fact that The Majority of Americans do not want a border wall will impact the government shutdown?**

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Learning Extension

Take part in the Government Shutdown CONVO.

Action Extension

Contact officials from your federal government and let them know what you think about the government shutdown.

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