Poll: Public blames Dem lawmakers, Trump for shutdown

Greg Nash

Americans blame congressional Democrats more than President Trump or congressional Republicans for the government shutdown this weekend, according to an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll released Tuesday.

In the poll, 39 percent of Americans said Democrats deserve the lion’s share of blame for the shutdown, with 38 percent blaming Trump. Just 18 percent said most of the blame lies with congressional Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress.


A majority of Americans in the poll, 6 in 10, however, said that Trump didn’t show adequate leadership during the shutdown, and 58 percent of Americans now say he is doing an inadequate job as president.

Seventy-one percent of Americans said they support the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), while 66 percent said they support action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The spending bill signed by Trump on Monday includes six years of funding for CHIP.

Democrats agreed to back the bill and help end the shutdown after promises from Senate GOP leaders to allow a vote on a fix to protect DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers.

Independent voters broke mainly against Trump in the poll, with 48 percent blaming Trump himself for the shutdown while 31 percent blamed Democrats. Just 16 percent of independents blamed GOP leaders in Congress.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll was conducted from Jan. 20-22, and garnered responses from 3,450 adults. The poll has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.

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