About two-thirds in that poll felt the shutdown was harming the economy. Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level in more than a year, according to Gallup polling.
Forget turkey dinners and sleigh bells in the snow. Washington's new tradition is scaring holiday shoppers.
Last year politicians slowed sales by hanging the threat of a "fiscal cliff" over the holiday season, before working out a deal in the new year.
This year, the government shutdown already has taken a toll. Economists and Standard & Poor's estimate that it cost the economy $24 billion, or about $75 for every U.S. resident.
Consumers may stay worried, especially if they hear bad news from Republican and Democratic lawmakers who are meeting over the next two months in hopes of reaching a spending deal to avert another fiscal standoff in January.
Sure, it's embarrassing. America's image took a hit. Other countries are snickering.
Obama says the latest spectacle depressed the nation's friends and heartened its enemies. But it shouldn't have surprised them much. The world has witnessed three years of stalemates and standoffs between Democrats and Republicans since the GOP won control of the House in 2010.
In the long view, the U.S. reputation, and especially its appeal for investors, doesn't dent easily. After all, where else can the world park its money? Treasury bonds have scant competition as the safest place to stash reserves.
The latest brouhaha should fade quickly because it stopped short of the feared outcome — a default on Treasury bonds that would tarnish their spotless image.
If that threat remerges in January, the world will be watching.
HEALTH CARE LAW
Conservatives again failed to drive a stake through the heart of "Obamacare."
Indeed, the health law may have been strengthened by their latest attack.
The government shutdown was designed as a megaphone for critics of the law, but their timing was off. The uproar ended up distracting the public from the bungled rollout of a key portion of the health program — the website people use to shop for insurance.
Despite computer problems that are keeping many would-be customers from signing up, overall impressions of the health care law have held steady in polls.
That doesn't mean the law is popular. It remains controversial, with Americans just as likely to say it was a bad idea as a good one.
Boehner says when it comes to defeating "Obamacare," Republicans won't give up.
AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.
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