Washington (CNN) - Most Americans view the prospect of a new government shutdown as a bad thing for the country and would blame congressional Republicans more than President Barack Obama if a shutdown occurred, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 72 percent of people questioned say a government shutdown would be bad for the country, with one in four saying it would be good development.
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"It seems likely that the American public is growing weary of arguments in Washington over federal spending. In March, when an earlier threat of a government shutdown made headlines, 36 percent of all Americans thought that a shutdown would be good for the country," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
But the results of the blame game have barely changed. In March, Americans pointed the finger at Congressional Republicans by a 46 to 37 percent margin. Now, 47 percent would blame the Republicans in Congress if there were a shutdown, compared to only one in three who would place more blame on the president.
The poll's release comes as a congressional standoff between Democrats and Republicans over disaster relief funding threatens to possibly force a federal government shutdown.
The poll indicates a partisan divide over the issue.
"Republicans are nearly three times as likely as Democrats to think a shutdown is a good idea, but six in ten Republicans believe it would be bad for the country," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In March, a 53 percent majority of Republicans thought a shutdown at that point would be good for the U.S."
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from September 23-25, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report