Most Utahns oppose government shutdown

Oct 6 2013 - 7:19pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- According to a statewide poll, most Utahns oppose shutting down the government to fight the new federal health care law. 

The Deseret News-KSL survey found that 56 percent of those surveyed opposed the shutdown and 37 percent supported it.

The poll also found that 21 percent of Utahns blamed President Barack Obama for the shutdown and 20 percent said it was the fault of congressional Republicans.

Only 6 percent blamed Democrats in Congress while 41 percent said Obama and both parties in Congress were equally to blame.

University of Utah political scientist Kirk Jowers says the results show "Utahns are conservative but pragmatic."

The poll of 410 Utahns statewide, conducted Thursday by Dan Jones & Associates, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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