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Poll: How Has the Federal Government Shutdown Touched Your Life?

Have you, your family, or your friends felt the impact of the government shutdown?

As the federal government shutdown goes into its second week, the affect on New Jerseyans seems muted or at least mixed. Some major programs, like Headstart, are endangered, but the impact is mostly being felt in other states and has yet to reach New Jersey. And while many government workers have been furloughed, they're dispersed throughout the population, since New Jersey has fewer federal workers as a percentage of population than many other states. But the federal government, although it is keeping many essential services going thus far, weaves its way into citizens' day-to-day lives. Federal parks -- such as Ellis Island and Sandy Hook -- are closed, and access to information about programs is limited. We’d like to know how the shutdown is affecting NJ Spotlight readers:

Have you been personally affected by the government shutdown thus far:

  • Yes. Either I or a family member depends on the federal government for financial assistance -- in terms of a job or other type of financial support, such as loans or other aid, like FEMA grants. All activity on that level has or will soon be stopped and it could become a real crisis.

  • Yes. But I would not call it a crisis. Our family has had to change some plans, or I have not been able to reach a government office for information. It’s certainly not ideal, but if we have to ride this out for a few more weeks, that’s what we’ll have to do. If this continues, however, it could become a big problem for me.

  • It hasn’t touched me or my family personally, but I do have friends who have been materially affected, due to furloughs, lack of government access, or other serious problems. The whole thing makes me angry.

  • I have not felt any effects. Maybe I will in the future but it's not touched me thus far.

  • Not only have I not been impacted, but no one I talk to has either. This shutdown just proves to me that our government is too bloated.

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