CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame
September 30th, 2013
07:31 AM ET
12 months ago

CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame

Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.

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  1. Dixie

    Really funny that the democrats are the ones who won't sit down and talk. Guess this is something we should be use to. Grown adults on both sides acting like children. It's always your falt not mine. I totally believe that no matter which party or house you belong to if you put things off until the last day you should be stuck on the hill doing the work they should have done months ago.

    September 30, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    THAT'S THE GAME PLAN!!!!! As always wait until the last minute, refuse and compromise, absent since Friday, the President and the Democrats cover the media negatively and then blame the Republicans for actually doing what the American people want. Don't shut down government, but give them one year waiver to learn more about ACA, like the President (who changes LAWS to his benefit) gave businesses. I always believed that BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW could only be changed by Congress, I guess I'm just stupid right along with all Americans who voted X2 for this President.

    September 30, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  3. GI Joe

    They were in their place of work DRUNK Saturday night, trying to do their jobs.

    Would you be fired if YOU were DRUNK while working? Kick every last tea partier OUT in 2014

    They are irresponsible, petulant children listening to a few hundred people instead of 300 million.

    September 30, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Drink Tea not Kool Aid

    Obama Wants the government to shut down. that's why he isn't doing his job as in work with the other branches of government. he has a house that's been made up by public votes and is defending a law that isn't ready and the majority of americans don't want. if all you Dems feel your guy won clean, without the assistance of the IRS, then you should respect that the house has been set up the same way. Obama wants to negotiate with terrorists but not the American Congress? how weak and pathetic!

    September 30, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls schmolls.
    Republicans do not care about you, me, or this country.
    Republican's only focus and intent is to disgrace, discredit, and disenfranchise THIS President at the expense of THIS country.
    We don't need a freakin' poll to tell us that.

    September 30, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Simone Kosuda

    It is time to vote those tea party out. Republicans will be responsible for the Govt shut down. They filibuted everything POTUS tried to do for our country from day one.Enough is enough.

    September 30, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The GOP are solely the one's to blame. These are manufactured crisis that they produced. We will not negotiate with these terrorists!

    September 30, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. ST

    I reckon time is not passing as it should be. I wish it could be now 5 minutes to mid-night and all these crazy republicans be held accountable. They can't cruz-cruise, bull-doze everyone and think they own everyone, everything and the entire nation. This kind of behaviour must stop. Enough already.

    September 30, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Data Driven

    "Acting like spoiled chldren"?

    Real scientific!

    September 30, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    Syria, Russia & even IRAN can deal w/Obama, but not the Repubs. I wonder where the problem lies ?

    September 30, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Shame on the GOP for allowing the Tea Party to dictate its policies and srategies. Shame on Speaker Boehner for his failed leadership. Shame on Sen Ted Cruz for leading the Tea Party on a bullying and destructive course.

    September 30, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. freedom

    This is ultimately in Obama's hands, and since he refuses to listen to the American people – which the GOP is incidentally listening to – then the shutdown is his decision. He negotiates with Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others, but not with Americans in Congress. That's the awful truth.

    September 30, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Cue the revisionist rage.

    September 30, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. freedom

    Your bogus polls and media coverage may incriminate the GOP, but the American people are the ones being hit with this monstrosity of a law – they're losing their jobs, employers are having to adjust drastically the way they do business, or they're hit with huge insurance costs or fines from the government. Although Americans did not show their smarts with the past two elections, they are getting smarter now. This mess will surely come back to haunt the democrats and Obama, and anyone affiliated with him in the upcoming elections.

    September 30, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. rs

    Well, no surprise here, the GOP has been spoiling to shutdown the government for quite a while. Meanwhile I love their handwringing- poor Mr. Cruz claiming he's a deal maker- just wreck a little bit of the ACA and we'll fund the government....
    Ha! These clowns fail to realize the ACA is settled law, and here in the United States we don't overturn settled law because a hyper radical band of minority politicians can't abide by poor people getting health care.

    Sorry, GOP YOU lose!

    September 30, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    The Senate Republicans are moving in the opposite direction from House Republicans. The rift is obvious, and plain for all to see, except to the Tea Party. This rift in the Republican party will be blamed for a government shutdown. For a group that claims to be as concerned about costs as the Tea Party, it should behooove them to avoid a shutdown and another debt ceiling debacle. Unfortunately, their common sesne and good judgement is blinded by their ideological faith and hatred.

    September 30, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Anonymous

    This poll is weighted heavy on Independents. How many of them are too embarrassed to call themselves Republicans but will nonetheless always vote Republican?

    Shut it down John Boehner and lets see what 2014 brings. 60% don't want the government shut down over Obamacare. In what is in all likelihood a Republican overweighted poll, this is a big deal. Time to cut the teapers and the Koch brothers free. They've done enough damage to the GOP.

    September 30, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Dixie wrote:

    Really funny that the democrats are the ones who won't sit down and talk. ... ...
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    There's nothing to talk about. You don't negotiate with terrorists. End of story.

    September 30, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    SHUT IT DOWN! To hell with the economic and poltical Republican terrorists.
    Stand firm Mr. President.
    We stand with you.

    September 30, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    Your bogus polls and media coverage may incriminate the GOP, but the American people are the ones being hit with this monstrosity of a law – they're losing their jobs, employers are having to adjust drastically the way they do business, or they're hit with huge insurance costs or fines from the government. Although Americans did not show their smarts with the past two elections, they are getting smarter now. This mess will surely come back to haunt the democrats and Obama, and anyone affiliated with him in the upcoming elections.
    **********************
    Another textbook case of Conservative Bipolar Oppositional Defiance Disorder ( OBODD).

    September 30, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Sorry, CBODD.

    September 30, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Drink Tea not Kool Aid

    Obama Wants the government to shut down. that's why he isn't doing his job as in work with the other branches of government. he has a house that's been made up by public votes and is defending a law that isn't ready and the majority of americans don't want. if all you Dems feel your guy won clean, without the assistance of the IRS, then you should respect that the house has been set up the same way. Obama wants to negotiate with terrorists but not the American Congress? how weak and pathetic!
    *******************************
    Must be something in the tea.

    September 30, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |