IRI Survey Uncovers Impact of Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis on Consumers

46% anticipate increased financial strain; 33% expect increased difficulty in meeting monthly expenses

CHICAGO — According to Information Resources Inc.’s Q3 2013 MarketPulse survey results released Tuesday, 85% of American consumers were aware of the looming debt ceiling crisis and of the government shutdown, which is clearly impacting their views of their personal finances, including their approach to grocery shopping.

The survey was fielded to consumers between Sept. 27-Oct. 3 and covers the days leading up to the government shutdown and after the shutdown

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