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The Zogby Poll®: More voters blame Democrats than Republicans and the President for government shutdown

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According to a new Zogby Poll, more voters (29%) blame Congressional Democrats as opposed to Congressional Republicans (9%) and the President (20%) for the recent government shutdown. A plurality (43%) believes the President shares the blame with Congress. In a stunning rebuke of Congressional Democrats, who believe they are on the verge of a "blue wave" during the 2018 midterm elections, numbers suggest their strategy of playing hardball with Congressional Republicans could back fire-- especially when there may be a showdown over the budget and DACA in the coming weeks in order to keep the lights on in Washington. In fact, voters blame Democrats three to one in comparison to Republicans.

These numbers held up even among traditional Democratic voting blocs--women (23% blamed Democrats versus 9% who blamed Republicans); 33% of 18-24 year olds blamed Democrats compared to 4% who blamed Republicans and 28% of Independents blamed Democrats versus 6% who blamed Republicans. Other groups who traditionally vote Democrat, such as lower income voters (26% blamed Democrats compared to 3% who blamed Republicans) and Hispanics (2 to1 blamed Democrats over Republicans) were quicker to fault Democrats.

Anything can happen from now until November, and it's not impossible for Democrats to take back both houses in the midterms. But Democrats might want to re-think shutting down the government, as voters hold Democrats more responsible than Republicans and the President.

Please click here to view the methodology statement.

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