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Shutdown Dents Consumer Sentiment for Some Republicans in Poll

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The U.S. government shutdown is eroding consumer sentiment among Republicans concerned about the closure while having little impact on already-weak confidence for Democrats and independents, according to a University of Michigan survey.

While 9 percent of Republicans spontaneously mentioned the shutdown this month compared with 20 percent of Democrats, those Republicans had a sentiment index 34 points lower than fellow Republicans who didn’t mention the shutdown.