Seems the shutdown increased the public’s esteem for government workers. As William C. Adams and Donna Lind Infeld of Government Executive report:
Confidence in civilian federal workers increased significantly during the shutdown, according to a new George Washington University Battleground Poll. After hitting a low point before the shutdown, voters’ ratings of federal workers have jumped to the highest levels in five years.
Interesting that the word in use here is “during.” Can we take that to mean that people feel serene about government workers as long as they are not doing anything?
One suspects that the public tends to feel less charitable about “government” than about government workers and doesn’t especially like to see anyone out of work.
With the exception of … most of the people in Congress.