No surprise Republican poll numbers fell amid shutdown, conservative adviser says

Conservative adviser Andi Bottner told Hill.TV on Wednesday that she was not surprised to see Republican poll numbers fall after the recent 35-day partial government shutdown.

"It doesn't surprise me that the GOP numbers have fallen a bit," Bottner, a senior adviser at the Independent Women's Forum, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "What America's Thinking." 

Bottner cited President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE's rhetoric about reaching a deal prior to the shutdown, which was triggered late last year by an impasse between the president and lawmakers over his demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding.

"People were associating, one, I think, the GOP rightfully so with President Trump, who said that he would own it and would be happy to shut down the government," she continued. "People immediately went to more of the Republicans to lay the blame." 

"Really as we've seen, no one's numbers came out well after the shutdown," she said. 

Lawmakers are struggling to negotiate a deal on border security ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline to avoid another possible shutdown. 

A quarter of the federal government was shut down through the end of December and most of January after Trump and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement on border wall funding. 

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last month found that 53 percent of respondents blamed Trump and Republicans for the shutdown, while 29 percent pinned blame on congressional Democrats. 

— Julia Manchester