Showdown on Capitol Hill, Where Do You Stand

I am conducting research for an upcoming article and, while I have much empirical polling data, I am interested in the opinions of those who are more politically involved than the average poll respondent.

Note this is not, by design, a scientific poll rather an opinion survey only.

Please take a few minutes and answer the seven questions below. The survey is designed to be quick and easy, all questions are required and there is no option for ‘other’ so please select the option that most closely fits your position for each question.

I will be promoting this survey on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter, and would appreciate your sharing it with friends since the larger the sampling group the more valuable the information. Thank you!


Thanks for taking the time to participate and please share on any social media sites.

About Tom Dougherty

Political data expert and small biz owner. I detest apathy, ignorance & sloth and respect personal accountability & responsibility.
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32 Responses to Showdown on Capitol Hill, Where Do You Stand

  1. Charlie says:

    I tend to blame ALL those in gov’t office today as well as yesterday for the mess this country is in now. people in both parties keep kicking the can down the rd. far too many in both parties now want some form of socialism. Very few will uphold their oath to the constitution. Republicans are getting just as bad as the democrats. where are the J.F.K’s of the democrat party? Where are the R. Reagans of the republican party? Where are the true STRONG leaders today?

  2. brmusser says:

    Hi, Tom Will you release the outcome of your polling. I am a poll researcher for F&M, which you probably already know. If you need any help wiht polling, please let me know. Barbara

    Barbara R. Musser 464 Poplar Street Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603 (717) 201-4753

    Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:07:49 +0000 To:

  3. kb says:

    Why no option for raising debt ceiling with some spending offsets? Absolutism will get us no where

  4. baseballmaven says:

    Hard to answer some of the poll questions simply. For example, in reality, re: Obamacare, I despise it and know it will be a disaster; however, I believe that the best way to deal with it would be to let it go forward and die due to rebellion on the part of the people….Then we can win in 2014 and kill it completely.

  5. Gavin Casey says:

    Last question was tough. I had to answer it though. Very hard to lay blame at any one party or person’s feet. Enough to go around. This mess has been years in the making.

  6. Nancy says:

    I just took your poll twice with no notification that I responded twice. This could come back to bite you in the @$$ as far as credibility/legitimacy is concerned. Is there a way you could lock this down? Is this already tracking my multiple responses? The other alternative: are you able to eliminate both of my responses?

  7. lissakay says:

    A little hard to answer some of the questions … I am a registered voter, but in Tennessee, one does not register with a party affiliation. I answered Independent. And while I am personally very conservative, I do not believe it is the place of the government to define and legislate those principles for individuals. I can’t get totally on board with the Libertarians though

    As for blame for a government shut down, I blame all of the above … Obama is using the economic decline to further his socialist agenda. Democrats have been leading us to this since 2006 with their insane spending bills. Republicans for not having the stones to stand up to the Dems, and the Tea Party for not taking the steps to formally organize under a cohesive platform, and instead allowing the liberal media to define it for them.

  8. Bill says:

    For me, the toughest question was whether we should be willing to force a government shutdown to stop Obamacare. I voted to repeal without the shutdown, but that’s a tough call. In part, I made that choice because I believe that the GOP leadership is so inept and the media so powerful that the GOP can’t win a shutdown battle. I admit that my attitude is defeatist in many ways. I’m not opposed to making a dying stand on principle, but I want to make that stand in a way that renders a liberal victory Pyrrhic. I don’t think we are in a situation where we can take that kind of stand.

  9. Mark Griffith says:

    We need to be smart. Delay Obamacare if possible but if not let it go. It is a pig and will not work. Unions will turn against it. We cannot win with just the House and any shut down will hurt taking the Senate. We need the Senate and the White House that will require smart action by the House right now.

  10. C S Kidder says:

    While so called Obamacare is not perfect, what have the Republicans offered as an alternative? Yeah, nothing, the party of No & No Ideas. Why do you not want Americans to have affordable healthcare? How do you sleep at night? I bet the majority of you call yourselves Christians, to be a true Christian is to live your life like Christ. What you really are, is a selfish hypocrite, for my family, not yours.

    • Wayne says:

      Because handing it over to the state is what got us in this problem to start with. You conflate ‘free’ with ‘stolen from someone else’, you conflate ‘health care’ with ‘health insurance’, and you conflate a desire to not have the government add in even more conflicts of interest with having no empathy or concern.

      I’ll help my neighbor, on my own terms, but I won’t call robbing one group people to hand out political favors as having any kind of ethical, moral or responsible action.

      Using more of the intolerant, uncompassionate, inflexible and corrupt force of government to burden an already screwed up by the government is NOT compassion, and conflating the two is intellectually dishonest.

    • SPQR says:

      You don’t see what an utter disaster Obamacare is? You don’t see that its increased covered people by a miniscule amount, while actually pushing many more off of coverage as their employers cut coverage and cut hours?

      We have seen this year that three quarters of all “new” jobs are parttime – largely because of Obamacare and in complete reversal of all previous trends post recession.

      But all you have is calling people hypocrites?

  11. Blaine Miller says:

    I would have taken your survey, except PRIMARY did not include everyone. I know you are trying to find out who the people hold the most responsible. But I hold all of Washington most responsible.
    Thanks for the effort tho.

  12. Dan says:

    I wouldn’t ‘Blame’ anyone for a shutdown. I would THANK them all. Shut it down. Shut it down for months. Let people realize how little they actually need it.

  13. Wayne says:

    Why no option to select a libertarian ideology?

  14. Barbara says:

    We wouldn’t be in this mess if Mitt Romney had been elected. Maybe when the American people suffer enough they’ll be ready for a “real” leader.

  15. Some of those were a tough call. I went with defund (even with a shutdown) but it pains me to do so, because I don’t have much confidence in the success of that strategy. Thing is, I have even less confidence in the ultimate outcome if the can is simply kicked down the road.

  16. Greg Q says:

    The American People voted Obama back into office, they deserve ObamaCare. I want to see them get it good and hard, and I want it now, so people voting in the 2014 elections will have spent the last year dealing with it.

  17. Sherry says:

    I’d be very interested in seeing the results of your survey!

  18. SPQR says:

    What the House of Representatives should do is pass a full budget with spending cuts and a debt ceiling increase. A full budget – the thing that Democrats have refused to even vote upon for almost every year of Obama’s presidency – the most basic of their duties.

  19. I also think there should be an option for libertarian. I think a conservative/liberal option is too constraining.

  20. Steve says:

    Good survey, looking forward to the results and your subsequent report.

  21. Impossible to answer this survey. Give more options please. Black and white mentality is old school and cannot work in the 21st century unless you and our leaders believe we still are that stupid.

  22. John M Baker says:

    Am I conservative? On some things, very much so. On others, not at all. Can’t really fault you but questions were pretty simplistic.

  23. BikerDad says:

    No “repeal Obamacare. Period.” option. Gov’t shutdown is a distinct issue. Linking them together, given the way that the Republican leadership keeps getting played like a fiddle, is a BAD idea.

  24. Paul Schmidt says:

    Tried to take the survey but there was a mandatory questions I could not answer. My political philosophy is very fiscally conservative and very socially liberal (libertarian). That does not cancel out and equate to moderate. There is nothing remotely close to my philosophy to choose from on the survey and I am offended that libertarian was not a choice.

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