Who Would Get Blamed for a Government Shutdown?

By Chris Good

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.

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