With a lame duck session of Congress approaching, FreedomWorks commissioned a survey to gauge where the American people stand on the lame duck, in which outgoing members of Congress will be allowed to vote on government funding for the next fiscal year. FreedomWorks also got Americans’ opinions on a government shutdown.
Initially, voters are hesitant to allow outgoing members of Congress to influence legislation in a lame duck session. Overall, 48 percent disapprove of allowing outgoing members to vote when Congress is at its least accountable. This number, however, fluctuates depending on the issues Congress may address in a lame duck. The survey found that 48 percent of Americans would rather see the government shut down than raise the national debt.