"But the difference this time is that President Obama seems much less likely to win the blame game if a shutdown occurs," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland in a statement. "In 2011, nearly half were ready to blame the GOP if a shutdown occurred, compared to only a third who would have blamed Obama."
Still, President Obama remains more personally popular than Republican leaders. Just a third of Americans approve of House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellAACR’s march on Washington Poll: Dems have enthusiasm edge for 2018 The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE holds just a 24 percent favorability rating. By contrast, 47 percent approve of the president.
Still, the overall sentiment tilts decisively toward dissatisfaction with lawmakers in Washington. Only a quarter of those surveyed said they were happy with the way the country was being governed, while 74 percent said they were dissatisfied.