The Campaign Spot

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Poll: Public Would Blame Democrats More for a Shutdown


It’s not yet clear we’ll see a government shutdown, but the sense has been that Democrats think it would be a political winner for them and Republicans generally fear the public will turn against them. But that may not be the case: “Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.The results are surprising because most people blamed the GOP for the last government shutdown, which occurred during President Clinton’s first term. A week before the 1995 shuttering, polls showed the public blamed Republicans by a two-to-one-margin.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Congress


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