New Polls: Majorities Blame Trump And GOP For Shutdown, Oppose Border Wall

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A large majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the recording-breaking 22-day partial government shutdown, according to two polls released Sunday.

And Trump’s stated reason for shutting down the government, securing funds for a border wall, also polled poorly.

According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS between Jan. 10 and 11, 55 percent of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown, while 32 percent blame congressional Democrats and nine percent blame both. (Three percent blamed neither and one percent had no opinion.) The poll has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points, CNN said.

And according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted between Jan. 8 and 11, 53 percent of Americans blame Trump and congressional Republicans for the shutdown, compared to 29 percent who blame congressional Democrats and 13 percent who blame both. (Two percent blamed neither and four percent had no opinion.) The poll had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points, the Post reported.

Both polls found that a majority of Americans oppose Trump’s desired wall, as well: 54 percent opposed it in the Post’s poll and 56 opposed it in CNN’s poll.

According to both polls, a majority of Americans do not consider the “the current situation at the border between the United States and Mexico,” in CNN’s words, nor “the situation with illegal immigration across the U.S.- Mexico border,” in the Post’s words, to be a crisis.

CNN said their poll was conducted by via landline and cell phones with a random sample of 848 American adults. The Post-ABC News poll randomly sampled 788 Americans via landline and cell phones.

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