Government Shutdown

CNN Shutdown Poll: Americans Angry with GOP, Democrats, and Obama

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When the public is asked to choose whether they blame President Obama or the Republicans in Congress for the partial shutdown of the federal government, the NBC/WSJ poll finds 53 percent choose the Republicans, 31 percent say President Obama, and 13 percent blame both equally. But there's more…

When asked what the public thinks about each party independently, there was plenty of blame to go around. The CNN poll found 63 percent of Americans are angry with Republicans, 58 percent are angry with Democrats (a statistical tie), and 53 percent are angry with President Obama. Moreover, among independents they blame all groups equally (60 percent Republicans, 59 percent Democrats, 58 percent Obama).

While clearly the public holds the GOP primarily responsible for the shutdown, the Democrats and Obama's favorables have not escaped unscathed.