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. Kinard

    The worst thing about the republicans, they forget they are dealing with human beings. They just don't give a damn, unless the person they look upon is building an elevator for their cars. That child living in a storm drain, and that man looking for employment that pays a living wage can go to hell. They don't care now, and they never will. Get it straight, and quit fooling yourselves.

    October 14, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. There are good ideas and there is this...

    FYI – Who's idea was it to do this? Simply put, it's a Bad idea.

    October 14, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. herbie

    the house speaker just needs to stop being a coward and not worry about his job he is just looking so weak

    October 14, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. GOM

    When it comes to the Tea Party Republicans, the logic is local, not national. They only have to answer to their Gerry-mandered Republican safe districts, and that's who they're playing to. It's a shame, but it will take years to correct the horrific & corrupt congressional redistricting maps of the last census year. Obama's mistake was to go for a healthcare initiative in his first term instead of solidifying his political position and insuring a return of a Democrat majority in the off-year re-districting election that would have allowed him to accomplish much more of his agenda and prevented the deficit ceiling brinkmanship we're now suffering.

    October 14, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. FedUp

    How people can sit and burry their heads in the sand about the government debt is beyond me. How much higher can the debt go before the US dollar collapses? I applaud the attempt to reign in the rampant government spending. It obviously will fail but doesn't someone have to do something soon?

    October 14, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Grant

    The republican party and their tea party members cannot go away fast enough. They are obstructionists, not legislators. This latest stunt just may have the unintended consequences of getting more people to vote in the midterms. And we all know that more people voting in the midterms spells bad news for the repubs. At the very least, some of radical teabags might get primaried by some more moderate repubs. Good riddance, I say. We need more folks on the hill that have some semblance of reality.

    October 14, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. ripper

    So a liberal polls blames republicans.. hahaha. What about reid obama and the rest to make it hurt americans for daring to go against a corrupt whitehouse

    October 14, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Kelly

    Imagine that......CNN post article that says Republicans to blame! I can't blame 1/3 more than I blame 2/3 of our gov't, SORRY fact is you can't say"NO negotiations" like the president did...... It's just not being a good leader, he is showing his lack of experience I guess...

    October 14, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. PDXSerric

    POLL: 26% of Americans are still brainwashed by the TPGOP.

    Boehner has lost is seat as Speaker, just as Newt did in 96 for pulling the same stunt of shutting down the government. When will people learn that governing from the fringe will destroy this country? We need centralism!

    October 14, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Dan

    The tea party is a group of terrorists.They should be treated as such.

    October 14, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. sfg

    A communist poll from San Francisco done by Marxists, financed by Leninists, and staffed by Socialists.

    They will win 99.9% of the vote, every election, just like in the USSR.

    October 14, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Sndbay

    Facts are that mass media communication network target their audience to deliver the news they want to hear. And in doing so their polls will reflect the targeted audience.

    October 14, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. JDinHouston

    Pretty much underscores the divide in the US. There is phenomenal hate on the right, the most racist I have seen in my 50+ years, and the left is dug in against that hate. The pretense is in fighting over healthcare, the reality is that the right has pet projects that don't deserve funding and the left does, too. The right needs to stop making this about race and more about balanced spending, and the left needs to stop making this about creating national healthcare and more about ensuring healthcare for those otherwise refused.
    I don't know, seems pretty easy to figure out to me.

    October 14, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Daniel

    As expected, the Democrat smear campaign is having a significant effect on the polls. How ironic that, when one party has been more than willing to compromise throughout the process and the other refused to engage in the normal process of passing laws, the first party gets blamed for causing the shutdown. Republicans were ready to negotiate to reopen government; it was the Democrat refusal to compromise, set the debate aside, or decouple funding for Obamacare from funding for the rest of government that led to the shutdown.

    October 14, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Watching the GOP these days is like watching an addict bottoming out: Because of their inability to accept their addiction to failed policies (like trickle-down economics and tax cuts for the rich creates jobs in the U.S.), they resort to more and more desperate measures (nominees like Palin and groups like the tea baggers).

    It is just so hard for the GOP to admit they are wrong; they would rather drag the rest of us down in their denial.

    Perhaps this latest fiasco will finally cause the GOP to cut loose all their loonies and their loony behavior, start dealing with reality and get some help.

    October 14, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Lynne White

    I think the news media is wrong. The Republicans are not the losers in the poll. But, then again neither are the Democrats. The biggest losers are the American people and all the things that they have had to endure. Congress and Obama have wrecked havoc on our nation. We need to be praying for our govt to get their heads together and get America back on track because we are heading down a road in which there will one day be no return.

    October 14, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Joe

    Maybe CNN shouldn't be taking blame polls, but instead writing fiscally sound articles that discuss the countries debt, our past, and our future, and what all this means, from a non biased point of view. Imagine... journalism.

    October 14, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Greg/ Dallas

    Boenher always says that he's speaking for the AMERICAN people. I'm still trying to figure out what Americans he's representing.

    October 14, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. dwayne

    Randy we are still at the Brink and I have no doubt that the majority of the Republicans in the House will vote NOT to raise the Dept Ceiling for there own Selfish interests .
    As a result we default and so will half the Country s on the Planet and most of those being 3rd World Country s.
    Which will mean that millions of people around the world will go into Poverty .
    So despite they hate Obama what about the rest of the World.
    I am just amazed that there are so many stupid, selfish people are in this Country. And have of them under the Name of Jesus . Shame , Shame , Shame

    October 14, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. chuck stewart

    My opiniom has not changed unlike
    the Gop, I remember how it started
    2 wks ago. I know without a doubt
    teaparty republicans and a spineless
    john boehner r completely to blame
    for this nonsense! I will not be a registered
    republican, anymore, by election time!!!

    October 14, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. seafoodwatch

    American's need to throw their puppet labels away and start thinking about electing a realistic government. Absolutism is a dangerous concept.

    October 14, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Alan

    I'm so sick of the liberal media finding fault w the Republican Party as Obama destroys the country. Obamacare, sold to tge public on three giant lies is a disaster and nothing has gone right since it went live and the liberal media ignores it.

    October 14, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Put down the Quran

    How odd, Fox polls have opposite figures.

    October 14, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. bigdoglv

    Still all about the blame. Nothing about hand picked closings. Nothing about the lack of leadership. Shame on you CNNBC.

    October 14, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. mogran

    Give me a break, Why on earth would I EVER vote for a dem again in my life....they have no ethics

    October 14, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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