Poll: More blame Trump and GOP for possible shutdown than Dems

Poll: More blame Trump and GOP for possible shutdown than Dems
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Many more Americans blame President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE and the GOP than Democrats for the possible government shutdown looming Friday, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and ABC News.

The poll finds that 48 percent of respondents said that Trump and Republicans would be responsible for a shutdown, compared to 28 percent who said Democrats are to blame.

Eighteen percent of respondents said that the two parties share blame.

And 46 percent of independents said they blame Trump and Republicans, compared to 25 percent who blame Democrats.


The House passed a short-term funding proposal on Thursday, which Senate Democrats are largely opposed to because it does not include a fix to protect “Dreamers,” the young undocumented immigrants protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump rescinded.

If Congress does not pass a funding bill by midnight Friday, the government will shut down. 

Trump and Republican leaders have blamed Democrats for the situation. In a news briefing Friday morning, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Trump declares national emergency at border Puerto Rico governor threatens legal action over national emergency declaration: 'See you in court' MORE referred to it as the “Schumer Shutdown,” referencing Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.)

The poll was conducted from Jan. 15 to 18, before House Republicans passed a short-term funding bill, among 1,005 adults. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.