Americans increasingly blame Trump for shutdown: poll

Americans increasingly are blaming President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE for the ongoing partial government shutdown, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that 51 percent of adults surveyed believe Trump “deserves most of the blame” for the shutdown, which entered its third week on Tuesday.

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The figure is up 4 percentage points from a similar poll conducted Dec. 21 to 25. The government entered a partial shutdown on Dec. 22.

According to the poll, 32 percent of those surveyed blame Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, while 7 percent blamed their Republican counterparts.

About one-quarter of the government entered a partial shutdown on Dec. 22 amid an impasse between lawmakers and the White House over President Trump's demand for billions of dollars in funding for his proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall. 

A poll last week from The Hill-HarrisX revealed only 22 percent of registered voters surveyed blamed Democrats for the shutdown, while 42 percent said President Trump was to blame.

Trump announced on Monday that he would address the U.S. from the Oval Office about the current standoff over funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (N.Y.) will deliver a joint response on Tuesday night following the president's prime-time address. 

The dueling speeches come on the 18th day of the partial shutdown.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 2,203 adults between Jan. 1 and 7, 722 of whom identified as Republicans, while 867 identified as Democrats. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.