Poll: 60 percent say Trump bears responsibility for shutdown

Six in ten Americans hold President Trump responsible for the partial government shutdown that on Thursday stretched into its 34th day, according to a new poll.

In a survey from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 60 percent said that Trump bore “a great deal” of responsibility for the ongoing stalemate in Washington. Much lower percentages blame Republicans (36 percent) and Democrats (31 percent) in Congress.

{mosads}Almost nine in ten Democrats surveyed, 87 percent, blamed Trump for the shutdown while just 58 percent of Republicans, by comparison, blamed Democratic leaders in Congress.

The shutdown has cut into the president’s overall approval rating, according to the new poll, which shows Trump’s job approval at 34 percent, a 6-point slide from December.

The president’s demand for funding to construct a border wall, his signature campaign promise and a key factor holding up negotiations over the shutdown, remains unpopular with Americans, pollsters found. Trump has demanded more than $5.7 billion in funding for the project in any bill to reopen the federal government, a demand with which Democrats in Congress have refused to comply.

Forty-nine percent of Americans say they remain opposed to the wall, according to the AP-NORC poll, while 36 percent support the structure.

The AP-NORC poll, conducted between Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, surveyed 1,062 Americans with a margin of sampling error of 4.1 percentage points.

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