Poll: More blame Republicans for government shutdown

Republicans will bear most of the blame for a government shutdown, according to a CNN-ORC poll released Monday morning.

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The survey found that 46 percent of respondents would blame Republicans for a shutdown, against 36 percent who said President Obama would be to blame. Still, that’s a closer divide than the same poll found earlier in the month, when 51 percent blamed Republicans and 33 percent blamed Obama.

House Republicans approved a spending bill early Sunday that delays ObamaCare by a year. Senate Democrats, who have repeatedly said they will not pass a resolution that attempts to dismantle the president’s signature healthcare law, will likely vote the bill down on Monday.

If a funding resolution is not passed on Monday, the government will shut down at midnight.

The CNN-ORC survey also asked if each player in the shutdown drama was acting like a responsible adult or like a spoiled child. Republicans fared the worst, with 69 percent saying they were behaving like spoiled children, followed by congressional Democrats at 58 percent and Obama at 47 percent.

The looming shutdown is wildly unpopular with the public – 68 percent said it would be bad for the country, and 60 percent said it was more important to keep the government running than to make changes to ObamaCare.

The CNN-ORC poll of 803 adults was conducted between Friday and Sunday and has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.