According to a CNN/ORC poll, 68 percent of Americans think shutting down the government for even a few days is a bad idea, while 27 percent think it's a good idea.
The survey taken before the shutdown said most Americans would blame congressional Republicans: Sixty-nine percent said they agreed with the statement that the party's elected officials were acting like "spoiled children."
But Democrats aren't off the hook. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they, too, were acting like spoiled kids.
Another poll showed public support for Congress at record low levels -- at 10 percent.
What we don't know:
Will this high-stakes game of political chicken hurt the approval ratings of individual members? You know the old expression: The people hate Congress, but love their congressman or woman.