Shutdown Poll: No winners but GOP bigger loser than Dems
October 14th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
10 months ago

Shutdown Poll: No winners but GOP bigger loser than Dems

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates Americans are increasingly giving a thumbs down to how their elected leaders are dealing with the fiscal fights two weeks into a government shutdown and days before a deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

The survey released Monday from ABC News/Washington Post, is similar to two polls out last week in suggesting congressional Republicans are getting more of the blame than Democrats or President Barack Obama for the fiscal impasse.

Seventy-four percent of people questioned in the ABC News/Washington Post survey from Wednesday through Sunday said they disapprove of the way congressional Republicans are handling budget negotiations. That's up 11 percentage points from late September, just prior to when the shutdown took effect.

According to the poll, 61% of the public says it disapproves of how congressional Democrats are handling the talks, up 5 points. And 53% give the President a thumbs down, a slight increase of 3 points since late last month.

"Depending on which question and which poll you look at, either the Republicans have fallen further than the Democrats or both parties have lost the same amount of ground but the Republicans started in a worse position," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Either way, the shutdown appears to have put the GOP in a somewhat weaker position at this moment in time."

The ABC News/Washington Post poll follows two other surveys released last week that indicated that no one was getting off scot-free, but that more fingers were being pointed at Republicans.

By a 22-point margin, more people in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey blamed the GOP in Congress rather than the White House for the partial shutdown. And only 24% approved of the job congressional Republicans were doing, 12 points lower than the approval rating for their Democratic counterparts.

And just 28% of those in a Gallup survey last week said they had a favorable opinion of the Republican party, down 10 points from a month earlier, and an all-time low in nearly 75 years of Gallup polling. The favorable rating for the Democratic Party slipped 4 points in the survey to 43%.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that independent voters are the most frustrated with Washington.

Fifty-eight percent of independents disapprove of how Obama's dealing with the budget impasse. That number increases to 68% for congressional Democrats and to 76% for the GOP in Congress.

According to the survey, more than six in 10 self-identified Democrats approve of the job their members in Congress are doing, and more than seven in 10 approve Obama's handling the situation.

But self-identified Republicans are split over how the GOP in Congress is doing when it comes to the fiscal fights.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted October 9-13, with 1,005 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    People can express their anger by voting RepublicanTea Partiers out of office in 2014 for taking this country to the brink of financial disaster.

    October 14, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. O'drama ya Mama

    So the polls show an increase in blame for the GOP and a decrease in blame for the Democrats and Obama. Either way its not good for either side but I will say there is one difference. The GOP are the only ones who still think this is what the American people want.

    October 14, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Depending on which question and which poll you look at, either the Republicans have fallen further than the Democrats or both parties have lost the same amount of ground but the Republicans started in a worse position," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Either way, the shutdown appears to have put the GOP in a somewhat weaker position at this moment in time."

    "Republicans started in a worse position"......?

    OK, CNN, I cry uncle. Please explain.

    October 14, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. george busch

    This accomplishes 3 things for the GOP:
    1. Hurts the economy – making Obama look bad.
    2. Shows they are against ObamaCare – makes them look good to their followers.
    3. Angers everyone else, including those who were on the fence.

    They are losing a lot of votes and doing irreparable harm to the Republican Party. Who ever though this was a good idea should be censored for the rest of their term.

    October 14, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    We have known for 6 years that the Republicans are losers in every way. Add Ted Cruz to the mixed up
    Republicans, and they are not losers ---- they are lost.
    The true losers are the American people who put their trust in those they voted for to work for America
    and help improve the economy, thereby improving all citizen's lives.
    So, I live for the day when a Texas Republican has a serious challenger, and comes to my door asking
    for my vote. That will be one of the most fun days ever.

    October 14, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. G

    Newt opened the door to ship American jobs overseas–republican =treason

    October 14, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Name Maximus

    Unfortunately the Republicans are the only ones willing to be responsible with the checkbook. If liberals had their absolute way, this country would look more like Detroit then it already does.

    October 14, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Mario Goulet

    How come there is so much hate in a once great nation?

    October 14, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Delta 2 Niner

    Bottom line the president has control of the purse strings. Our govt. takes in over 225 billion a month in taxes, and 18 billion a month to pay the maintenance on the interest on the national debt. More than enough left over to pay the bills. The president has control over what govt. agency or park is open from day to day. Not the Gop and not the Dem party, the president only. I believe these polls are designed or taken in a way to project a certain result, I personally question there accuracy and real intent. Lets pay out bills, get our people back to work. And stop spending more money each year than you should, then we wouldnt have to raise the debt ceiling. I we the American public ran our buisnesses or households the way the govt. does, we would be facing fines anf prison sentences.

    October 14, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Abbey

    No winners in this debacle. To even try and make this an issue with ratings is pure fodder coming from CNN. If you think moderates win in this debate, you haven't been paying attention to national politics in the US for the last 40+years.

    October 14, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Richard Long

    As the mouthpiece of the "Great Uniter", who was supposed to "usher in an era of unprecedented cooperation", rings true again.

    The "Geat Divider" has successfully ushered in an era if Division where no one cares for the greater good.

    October 14, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. JjkName

    People are getting really fed up with this self inflicted Govt shutdown and if the House intransigence takes us over the debt cliff into a place no one wants to go and the country's and rest of world economies tank because Tbills are no longer trusted as the backbone of the global financial system, we will see the end of the Republican Party for a long long time. There will be no satisfaction for anyone as we will be dealing with a worldwide depression! All thanks to the Tea Party, Ted Cruz and john Boehner

    October 14, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. norma jean

    The Republican party is facing a major loss in the coming election because they foster hate in their party and accept it from the "Tea Partiers" who have shown that they are uneducated riff raff who actually believe they are viable.... It is the fault of the Republican party that this bunch of misfits have gained so much publicity with their incredibly vile pronouncements!!.. If the Repubs don't put a stop to this pretty soon.....their own position will suffer irrreparable damage!!!!!!!!GOODBYE 2014 and 2016!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. tim baxter

    It ought to be LAW White House, Congress, senate, should be the first to lose pay in shut down . How do they get paid for not doing their job .When we don't get paid for doing our job. Were im from you don't do your job you get fired . I am so ashamed of our leaders. ive lost so much respect for them. maybe in protest we should not pay our taxes this year .they are not paying their bill why should we.then they could not buy their crystal glasses with our money.

    October 14, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Winston Smith

    Remember this when you enter the voting booth in 2014, and 1016. Now it's a moot point, but remember it when the right time comes.

    October 14, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Name joesixpack

    Imagine what the Obama approval numbers would look like if he wasn't being propped up by a supportive press? Imagine if the president was called to task for the vilification of half the American public? As a Republican it would be nice to hear my president acknowledge that I'm an American first and a political opponents second. Why would anyone like a party that's been called murderers, hostage takers, bombthrower's, terrorists, anarchists? And are only crime is wishing lower taxes less government regulation and more fairness inequity with the health care reform. Why believe any poll with such demagoguery at play?

    October 14, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Joan

    Our so-called 'civil servants' in Congress have become an abomination. Their modus operandi is to follow the path of maximum self-aggrandizement. The responsibility of an educated electorate is to weigh their performance and act accordingly. I am heartened by poll numbers that show the American people stand ready to remove this group of selfish individuals who have no true understanding of how hard Americans work to earn their daily bread.

    October 14, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Mario Goulet

    Now we know why elections in the U.S. cost billions . It takes a lot of money to convince voters to elect idiots!

    October 14, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. lawless

    I have been voting every since i became 18. Thats been over 30 yrs ago and i have never ever recieved a pollster call...Whats wrong with this picture? who the hell are they calling? The same ppl all the time?

    October 14, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. RMA

    This only proves that the people of the United States are the real losers in this whole mess.

    October 14, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. MaryM

    So will the Republicans FINALLY kick the TPers to curb. God I hope so. The TPers are destroying the republicans party

    October 14, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    This should be a lose, lose for the GOTP. They engineered and authored this shutdown and it was all done with long range planning. They have vigorously fought against any past planning to avert it. They ran almost two years ago on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, platform, none of which they gave us. What they have given us is a national crisis that could go world wide, and all to appease a small group of well funded (corporately) tri-corner hated nincompoops operating under the guise of "We be patriots." The same ones that were waving a confederate flag at their rally last weekend in front of the War Memorial. The flag of treason.

    October 14, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. YG

    The GOP are trying to save this country from a Socialist government and Obamacare is the tool to start it. GO GOP!

    October 14, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Steve

    "GOP bigger loser than Dems" ..........All you needed to say. Pretty much sums up the 21st century of America.

    October 14, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Allan Schmuland

    Intelligent , educated people showing so much hatred for each other Wow what hope do we have

    October 14, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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