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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