It doesn't look like a government shutdown will happen right now--Congress will likely pass a two-week funding bill that will avoid it--but a new poll commissioned by The Hill finds that, if the government does shut down, Democrats would take a shade more blame than the GOP:
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. ...
Republicans have a substantial edge among independents: Thirty-four percent would blame Democrats, while only 19 percent would blame the GOP.
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.
Read the full story at The Hill.