Poll: Democrats Would Be More To Blame For Government Shut Down Than Republicans

But, to be fair, a shut down of the government wouldn’t be popular with the public at large whoever may be more to blame.

Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.

The results are surprising because most people blamed the GOP for the last government shutdown, which occurred during President Clinton’s first term. A week before the 1995 shuttering, polls showed the public blamed Republicans by a two-to-one-margin. …

However, there are dangers for both parties, the poll indicates. A plurality of voters, 43 percent, would blame both Republicans and Democrats if the lights go out at midnight on March 5. Forty-five percent of respondents said neither party would benefit politically from a shutdown.

This compares to 14 percent who think Democrats would benefit and 18 percent who said Republicans would.

Among independents, 34% say they’d blame Democrats and 18% said they’d blame Republicans. That’s a big gap, and probably why Democrats caved on Friday for a short-term budget resolution that included $4 billion in Republican budget cuts.

It isn’t 1995. In this political atmosphere, people very much view the government as having grown excessively large and aren’t likely to blame the party trying to shrink the government for a shut down.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    I think the average person is much better informed today than they were in 95, largely due to the ubiquity of the internet. Couple that with the Democrat fleebaggers in WI and people are more aware of the tendency of the Democrats to resort to dirty tricks and cowardice when they don’t get their way. The people are fed up with that, and the gap in the poll for Independents is the true reflection of that. Party partisans will almost invariably favor their own party, but the independents are the ones that it’s necessary to win over for either party to advance their agenda.

    • Neiman

      Agreed, just don’t “misunderestimate” the impact of a Dem pity party with tears blaming the GOP. They are great at gaining sympathy.

      • SigFan

        I agree that the Dems have been better in the past at playing on people’s emotional heartstrings. I think this time around though we have some better communicators such as Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and others that have framed the issues quite clearly and succinctly and the public at large is much less inclined to being manipulated as they have been historically. I think it’s telling that the new crop of Republican governors are largely leading the charge against the liberal agenda. That in my mind is a good thing, since it brings it closer to home for many people, rather than viewing things in DC from afar.

        • Neiman

          I agree and hope it turns out better this time around. I just know those liberal crocodile tears and its for the children crap.

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