"Congress," Mehner agrees.
Fos says fault would lay with the GOP.
"The Republican majority in the House has handled it poorly," he adds.
But in Atlanta, Koert says it's the public's fault: "In the end, we the people are. We should demand competent representation."
When it comes to the blame game, the Pew survey indicates the public is divided, with 39 percent saying Republicans should shoulder more blame if there's a government shutdown, and 36 percent saying the Obama administration would be responsible. The National Journal poll had the same numbers in a question that asked about Republicans in general.
But according to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted earlier this month, only a third of respondents would consider Obama responsible for a shutdown, with 51 percent pointing a finger at congressional Republicans.
While there might not be consensus when it comes to the blame game, there is when it comes to the severity of a shutdown. More than six in 10 questioned in the Pew poll say that a shutdown would have a major effect on the U.S. economy, with nearly three in four questioned in the CNN survey saying if a shutdown lasted a few weeks, the country would face either major problems or a crisis.
"It's bad for everyone," Fos says. "I am very worried about basic services being affected."
But Darryl Whitehead of Atlanta isn't buying it: "They're not going to shut down. They always come down to the 11th hour and come up with a solution."
While most of the findings on the shutdown may not give Republicans trying to defund the health care law all that much to crow about, they have a silver lining when it comes to the popularity of the 2010 health care law. Besides the 52 percent in the ABC News/Washington Post poll who said they opposed the measure, 55 percent say they disapprove of the way the Obama administration is implementing the law. And 39 percent of those questioned in the CNN/ORC survey said they favored all or most of the provisions in the law, down from 51 percent in January.
"I'm not sold on the Affordable Healthcare Act," said Koert, adding that she's "not sold that it is affordable or well-planned."
Mehner says he's against the health care law because of what he thinks it will cost him: "For me as a personal individual, it's the non-Affordable Health Care Act."
Hines disagrees, saying that "I am a contractor who does not have affordable health care, and Obamacare was going to help me out."