More in new poll blame congressional Republicans for shutdown than Dems

More in new poll blame congressional Republicans for shutdown than Dems
© Greg Nash

Slightly more Americans said in a new poll they would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill over Democrats for a government shutdown.

In the Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday — but conducted before the shutdown began — 41 percent of those polled said the GOP would be more to blame, while 36 percent said the Democrats would. Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, said they did not know or had no opinion.

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The shutdown, which now stretches into its third day, began at midnight Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a short-term funding bill. Central to the fight between lawmakers is immigration, specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children from deportation. 

Democrats are pushing for a fix to DACA, which Trump said last year he planned to wind down.

Americans are split on whether or not DACA is worth shutting the government down over, pollsters found, with 42 percent saying the program “is important enough” to launch a government shutdown and 42 percent saying it is not significant enough for the closure.

The survey of 1,017 voters was conducted from Jan. 18-19. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.