Poll: Less than half of Republicans approve of party's budget strategy

The public’s approval of congressional Republicans' handling of budget negotiations continues to plummet as the government shutdown enters its third week. 

A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that for the first time during the shutdown, less than a majority — 49 percent — of Republicans approve of their party’s handling of negotiations. 

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The poll finds only 21 percent of the public overall approving of the GOP’s handling of budget negotiations. 

Seventy-four percent disapprove of Republicans tactics in budget negotiations. That is a 4-point spike since last week and an 11-percent hike since just before the government shutdown. Fifty-four percent of the public “strongly” disapprove of Republicans, while 20 percent “somewhat” do.

Those numbers mirror polls by Gallup and The Wall Street Journal last week that found the GOP’s rankings at record lows.  

President Obama’s approval rating in budget negotiations also sank Monday after seeing a slight uptick last week from centrist Democrats and independents. 

Obama’s approval rating on the budget hangs at 42 percent, a 3 percent drop since last week when he actually saw his numbers rise. Fifty-three percent of people disapprove of his handling of negotiations, 2 points higher than last week. 

Among independents, 58 percent disapprove of Obama, while 76 disapprove of congressional Republicans. 

Thirty-three percent of the public approve of congressional Democrats' handling of negotiations, a 2-point dip from last week. And 61 percent disapprove of congressional Democrats, including 44 percent who strongly disapprove. That is unchanged since last week. 

The poll surveyed 1,010 national adults and holds a sampling error of 3.5 percent.