|U.S. Rep. Gary Peters|
The 16 days of a partial government shutdown has done nothing for the popularity of Congress.
But individual members who opposed the shutdown are getting a boost in some political polls, while those who supported it aren't.
A poll released Wednesday as Congress teetered on the edge of ending the shutdown showed U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, ahead of Republican Terri Lynn Land in the race for U.S. Senate next year.
The poll of 642 registered voters in Michigan was taken by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling on behalf of the liberal group American United for Change Oct. 14-15.
|Terri Lynn Land|
It showed Peters with a 43-36 percent lead over Land, but that expanded to 50-36 percent when voters were told that Peters opposed the shutdown.
Polling was also conducted in Iowa, Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas and North Carolina — all states with active Senate races next year.
Overall, voters polled were opposed to the shutdown 65-27 percent.
according to a different poll released Wednesday.
Collectively, the approval rating of Congress is at 7 percent,