Poll Shows That Americans Blame Obama and BOTH parties For Shutdown

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
By Paul Martin

AP spins it’s own findings to favor White House

Steve Watson
Oct 8, 2013

Despite being presented by a headline that lays blame for the government shutdown squarely at the feet of the GOP, a new AP poll reveals that Americans see both parties as responsible, as well as the president himself.

The poll finds that Fifty-two percent of Americans believe Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown. It also reveals that 49% blame Obama, with 49% ALSO blaming congressional Democrats for the shutdown.

The poll also places Obama’s approval rating at just 37%, with 53% unhappy with his performance.
A massive 83% said they disapprove of Congress, with only 5% approving of the job representatives are doing.

Despite these facts, the AP chose to lead with the headline Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown.

The survey notes that 63% say Republicans aren’t doing enough to reverse the shutdown, but the figures clearly show that overall, Americans are blaming both parties for the mess the country is in, with 68% saying it is a major problem.

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