Poll: 70 Percent Disapprove Of GOP Approach To Gov’t Shutdown

Seventy percent of Americans disapprove of the way Republican lawmakers are approaching budget negotiations as the federal government shutdown enters its second week, a seven point jump from last week, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll published Monday.

President Barack Obama fared marginally better, with 51 percent of respondents disapproving of his handling of budget negotiations. Congressional Democrats, however, carried a 61 percent disapproval rating, according to the poll.

Pew poll also released Monday bolstered this perception somewhat. According to that survey, 38 percent of Americans blamed the shutdown on congressional Republicans and 30 percent blamed it on the Obama administration.

The Post-ABC poll, conducted Oct. 2 – 6, surveyed 1,005 adults on conventional and cellular phones with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The Pew poll, conducted Oct 3-6, surveyed 1,000 adults on conventional and cellular phones with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Update: A CNN poll also released Monday found that 63 percent of Americans are angry at congressional Republicans for the way they have handled the government shutdown, while 57 percent are angry at Democrats and 53 percent are angry at President Barack Obama.

The CNN poll, conducted Oct. 3-6, surveyed 1,009 adults via telephone with a margin of sampling error plus or minus three percentage points. 

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