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

    All and all this is everyones fault this shutdown is affecting my familys life along with millions other americans they need to resolve this issue for good and fix this

    October 15, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. Mark Gee

    The Republicans and Tea party people are committing political suicide. They had better take action now before it is too late.

    October 15, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  3. scott

    Ha ha ha not 4 a second. Media is dems lapdogs

    October 15, 2013 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  4. tru5h

    Never mind,
    Its Bush's fault.

    October 15, 2013 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  5. joe

    What ever happened to We The People?

    October 15, 2013 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  6. GOP vs Obamacare

    The only way the Republicans stand a chance to win in 2016 is if Obamacare is a complete failure, so why wouldn't they let it play out, unless they really do know that it will be a success and know that when it is it will show that they were completely wrong.

    October 15, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  7. Name carl

    Vote the Republicans out in 2014...

    October 15, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Just heard that canadian born Rafael bin laden and 19 of his most conservative crazies in the house had a "private" in Tortilla Coast, a restaurant very popular with congress, to hatch a plan to block the latest try(ies) at ending the government shutdown and debt ceiling debacle.
    Does this foreign terrorist who was allowed to be part of our government understand that he is NOT winning anything anymore? Do the others who continue to follow him think he can really be president and this is how he's trying to accomplish this? Does he and those fools realize that he was born in Canada?
    The disapproval rate of the repugs on budget talks has gone from 63% down to 73% since September. Independents disapprove 76% Democrats 90%. The idiots who continue to vote against their own benefit 47% but that's pretty high for the uneducated.

    October 15, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  9. Jerry

    People, people, please keep in mind that this is all being orquestrated by the clueless Obama administration in order to hurt/punish the Américan populace as much as possible.

    Democrats are hoping that we put ALL the blame on the Republicans. So far, thank God, the situation doesn't seem to be garnering the results that Obama and his clueless followers were expecting.

    There is enough blame to go around. Why didn't Obama and HIS minions act before the situation got as bad as it has?! Why will Obama negotiate with Iran, Russia, etc., etc., etc., but not with the elected officials across the isle?!

    Mr. Obama, TAKE the reins of América away from Senile Reid and Bobble Head Pelosi and, for once, START being a real Américan and LEADING this wonderful country of ours!!!

    October 15, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. aCriticalEye

    We have got to get rid of the GOP/Tea Clowns, any way we can. Unfortunately, if our country melts down it may be too late. The GOP will have completed their task, destroying our country on mr Obama's watch.
    BLAME = 100% GOP/TP

    October 15, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  11. globalgary

    Hey CNN......why aren't you posting Obama's dismal approval rating of 37%. Wolf Blitzer was overjoyed when Bush's approval was the same. Journalists?......NOT!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. Mark

    Too many old, out of date men who if were in the real world of work, would have been fired a long time ago! The republicans are showing there true colors and have produced a 'cancer' within there sinking ship of fools...john boehner is a great example of just one of the many egomaniacs in Washington

    October 15, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. Jerry

    A fish always stinks from the head dowm

    October 15, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. barbara

    Would not believe any poll being published by CNN... Obamanetworknews. CNN reporting becomes more bias by day.

    October 15, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. Normal In NH

    Terrible strategy by GOP on ACA...get out of the way and let it collapse under it's own failures.

    October 15, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. What's in that tea anyway?

    Forget the false equivalencies CNN. You folks spend entirely too much time trying to be what Faux and fools lies about ; i.e. fair and balanced. There is no such thing in this case. You folks fail to report, the Tea Baggers campaigned on defunding Obamacare and if they could get that, they would shut the gubmit down. How is it you blame the dems and the president for that? Get real CNN...its called reporting the facts with honesty and integrity. Something that is totally anathema for the GOP/Tea freaks

    October 15, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  17. J. L. Hickman

    America is losing much more than the Democrats or Republicans. Meeting one's obligations is Not about one-upmanship or scoring political points. Any business manager will tell you that an employee who constantly offered excuses instead of results would very quickly find themselves to be an Ex-employee. Our elected representatives are our employee's, and temp employee's at that.

    October 15, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. quinLee

    The biggest lost for the GOP was the missed opportunity to bash the glitchy roll-out of ObamaCare. Talk about shooting oneself in the foot, the eye and the neck. Hating all things Obama at all cost has not worked well for them, or the rest of the country.

    October 15, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. Zeibodique

    This must be a fake poll. It's impossible for the Republicans to be so out of touch with America. Just ask Fox, Teabag Central, any Confederate Flag waver or hard core righty. They'll tell you that they're in complete control and everything is just friggin' dandy. The Democrats are far from perfect and have their problems, but The Republicans make them look like they're Einsteins.

    October 15, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. Peach

    I'm surprised that CNN even reported that 53% of people disapprove of the way the PRESIDENT is handling this.....it should be more like 90%

    October 15, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Scott

    Polls depends on how you word the question and who you call. If history has shown anything polls are useless. All three sides share blame for this fiasco. Biggest problem no one wants to compromise. The majority that are blocking it are safe in their own district, which is either heavy Republican or Democrat. The ones that are willing to compromise come from more moderate districts.

    October 15, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Data Driven

    I see the wingers here have not learned from 2012.

    How's President Romney doing, guys? And to think those skewed polls showed Obama with the lead! Ha!

    Step away from the bubble, wingers.

    October 15, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Mark

    Whatever, the progressives are on their final death march. The end is near for you Liberal Communist.

    October 15, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. Janet

    The Tea Party GOP is clueless. Teabag Teddy Cruz bragged about shutting down the government, Michelle Bachmann
    chortled how "merry" it was when the shutdown started but now they're protesting that WWII monuments are shut down? What did they think a shutdown was? Idiots. It's numbing they way their clueless supporters then blame Obama for a shutdown that they wanted, supported, fought for and finally got. Enjoy the publicity, GOP, you deserve it.

    October 15, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. teaparty days are numbered

    and this is something we didn't know? In everyday life Repubes are bigger losers, backward thinking does not make a winner. That is why the GOP/TP are in serious political trouble.

    October 15, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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