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National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 3, 2013

While a government shut-down is not new, it is the first time where we've seen a combination of low presidential approval, low consumer confidence and low approval ratings of Congress. With no one starting in a good position, it becomes harder to predict just how this plays out politically over the next few weeks - or even into 2014. More importantly, with a debt ceiling fight right around the corner, the already fragile consumer confidence index could see a serious slip that will have even more significant consequences for 2014.

Government Shutdowns, 1987-Present


2013 1995-96 1990 1987
Dates of Shutdown Ongoing since Oct 1, 2013 Nov 13-19, 1995 & Dec 15, 1995 - Jan 1, 1996 Oct 5-9, 1990 Dec 18-20, 1987
Sitting President Barack Obama Bill Clinton George H. W. Bush Ronald Reagan
Beginning Approval Rating (Gallup) 45% (Sept 23-29, 2013) 52% (Nov 6-8, 1995) 67% (Sept 27-30, 1990) 49% (Dec 4-7, 1987)
Ending Approval Rating (Gallup) TBD 42% (Jan 5-7, 1996) 56% (Oct 11-14, 1990) 49% (Jan 22-25, 1988)
Congressional Control (Gallup) GOP House, Dem Senate Republican Democratic Democratic
Congressional Approval (Gallup) 19% (Sept 2013) 30% (Sept 1995) 28% (Oct 1990) 42% (Aug-Sept 1987)
Consumer Confidence* (Conference Board) 79.7 (Sept 2013) 101.61 (Nov 1995) 85.6 (Sept 1990) 107.7 (Dec 1987)
Note: 1985=100.0, higher values represent higher degrees of confidence in the economy, lower values represent lower degrees of confidence.