Shutdown Poll: No winners but GOP bigger loser than Dems
October 14th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
1 year 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. Quixote

    It is time for the tea party to take up the mantle of the true believers and start their own party free of the constraints of the rupublicons.

    October 14, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Dave

    Screw Obama and his followers.

    October 14, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Richard

    Some say the Republicans and other ultra rights are damaging the country through twisted religious beliefs. This is not far from what the Salafis and other radical Muslims are doing in the Middle East.

    October 14, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. sage

    I think john mccain cared more about getting a superbowl ring from Putin than he cares about helping the middle class of America

    October 14, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. CommonSense

    It's time. Clean out the House.

    October 14, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Alan S.

    The Tea Part Terrorists and that is what they are have been and will destroy the Econcomy of the United States and the Western World. Who is the Tea Party really representing? They cannot be representing America and at the same time out to wreck everybodys 401Ks. What Country do the Tea Party pledge their allegence too. Russia, China, Iran? No real American would do what they are doing.

    October 14, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Scott

    Oh, living within our means makes them look bad? Keep on holding it up as we are living way way over our means!

    October 14, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. debbie

    Really? 1005 adults? Why would anyone even give such a pathetic sampling serious consideration?

    October 14, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Ken

    I believe the Republicans will come out on top in the end. Why? Because as people learn more and more about Obamacare and see how bad it really is, the more they are going to come out, smelling like a rose and the Democrats stinking like rotted fish.

    October 14, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. S. B. Stein

    I really would like to know what both sides were doing 6 months ago. If they were actually wanted to do something (or not do something), then why not be explicit as to why you do what you did.

    October 14, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Doug Lynn

    Lots times in history wickedly destructive leaders have been very popular. Seriously, how many of the people that responded to the poll have any idea how much tax revenue is being stolen from our future to pay for the disastrous Washington policies that we living under today?

    Think about it. Last year we could have given 4,150,000 poor families $100,000 to help them buy a home but we spent $415,000,000,000 on interest for our national debt instead. When interest rates go back over 5%, the annual interest will be more like $900 billion a year. Bush was bad. Obama has been the worst President in history. A worse crash than the one in 2008 is coming because of the overspending and people keep foolishly cheering for the over spenders.

    October 14, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. itzmeman

    @Lynda/Minnesota – It basically means the Republicans started the race already behind and they continue to lose as much ground or even more in the race for public opinion based on different questions. Help?

    October 14, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. penguin

    The Republicans change the House rules to prevent anyone other than Boenher or Cantor from bringing up a vote on a Bill passed by the Senate. Another example of the Republicans prohibiting a straight up vote on bills, thereby thwarting majority rules. The Republicans obviously don't believe in Democracy. I seldom vote for a Republican, but usually don't donate to political parties. Now I will never vote Republican but will donate to the DNC and individual democrats running for office

    October 14, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. YeeYee

    It's about time someone stood up against obama. It's going to be a big surprise to everyone that the affordable health care act does not give free healthcare to anyone except illegals. It is cheaper for me to still be uninsured and pay they fine of a little over $4000 then pay $579 a month with deductable of $13989 a year.

    October 14, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. Teabags falling off cliffs

    This will be easy.

    1) Tea ships come up the Potomic river
    2) pick up the bags
    3) deliver them to Republistan permanently.
    4) once the bags have left the US, clean CR, account for the debt, then an annual budget.

    penny-wise, trillion-dollar foolish is not good for the country.
    unpaid wars?
    no federal reserve?
    gold standard?
    balance budget amendment?

    it don't add up.

    October 14, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. loops808

    Not as bad as you think. The Senate seats up for election this year could be favorable to GOP, and Dems could be in the hot seat. Also, the spread is less than the last shutdown. The difference is the blame is up significantly for the White House and Dems compared to 1995. Also, the dark cloud of Obamacare is coming for Dems. When Americans are finally able to access the website, they will see the sticker shock. It could be 2010 all over again.

    October 14, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. VET-2

    TEd cal yourself by your real name Raphael Cruz!! Are you ashamed!!! Your a pseudo American wanna bbe and also a wanna be crossover white guy!!! You should be ashamed

    October 14, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Maripil

    The only solution to rid the impasse we are in is to get rid of the tea party who were gerrymandered in 2010 elections. For as long as the tea party are in congress the shutdown will keep recurring every year!!

    October 14, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. UseToBeGOP

    read um and weep tbags. history will not be kind to you folks. your grand-kids will read about how you destroyed the GOP someday. Nice Job!!

    October 15, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  20. Rita Clifton

    Get rid of Tea Party. They will go the way as did that bunch of Gerry Farwell`s bunch, whatever they were called.

    October 15, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. Palintologist

    It's elementary, Lynda/Minnesota; If Republicans had LOWER poll numbers than the Democrats BEFORE the Tea Party
    coup d'etat, and each party dropped 10 points in the most recent polls, then the Republicans would STILL have poll
    approval percentages LOWER than the Democrats. Were you home-schooled by Michele & Marcus Bachmann, by
    any chance?

    October 15, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. cj

    Only in america would the people standing up to obama the tyrant be made out to be the villians

    October 15, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. What's in that tea anyway?

    The Tea Party the gift that keeps giving to everybody in the good ole U.S.A.

    October 15, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  24. Ed

    In any other job people are fired for not doing their job. I say fire them all and elect a whole new Congress, one that will get things done. At the very least tell the ones in office they are not eligible to be re-elected since they failed to do what the American people hired them to do.

    October 15, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. tbone

    Most intelligent people understand the Republicans are responsible for the fake catastrophes.

    October 15, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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