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Polls: Americans put more blame on GOP for shutdown

4:31 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
Protester Scott Osberg holds up a sign behind Republican members of Congress while they hold a press conference on the Vitter Amendment as the U.S. legislative body remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has said the Senate would not vote on any legislation passed by the House to continue funding the federal government unless the legislation was free of Republican added amendments. (Ph
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Hours before a shutdown of the federal government could begin, two polls show Americans are largely directing their wrath at Republicans.

Two news media polls released Monday show Americans are spreading the blame to Republicans in Congress, their Democratic counterparts and President Obama.

More than six in 10 Americans, or 63%, disapprove of the way the GOP is handling the budget impasse that could force the first government shutdown in 17 years, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

That's 13 points higher than Obama's disapproval rating on the issue and 7 points higher than congressional Democrats, the ABC News/Washington Post poll says.

The federal government could send home non-essential workers and shutter operations starting Tuesday if Congress cannot pass a stopgap spending bill. Republicans have insisted on attaching provisions that would gut President Obama's health care law, which begins open enrollment Tuesday. Democrats say Republicans should pass a "clean" spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, without any strings attached.

In a CNN/ORC poll, 69% of Americans say Republicans are acting like "spoiled children" in the budget showdown. That compares with 58% who say the same about Democrats and 47% who place that label on Obama.

Obama does the best when it comes to acting like a "responsible adult" in the CNN/ORC poll: 49% of Americans choose that phrase to describe his behavior. Only one in four Americans say Republicans are acting responsibly, and 35% say that about Democrats in Congress.

ABC News and The Washington Post surveyed 1,004 adults Wednesday through Sunday. The CNN/ORC poll of 803 adults was conducted Friday through Sunday. Both polls have a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

USA Today

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