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Poll: Voters Split On Blame For Shutdown

From an annoyed Washington Post:

Voters still split on blame for possible shutdown

By Jon Cohen and Paul Kane, Monday, April 4, 2011

With a potential federal government shutdown closing in, the public remains split down the middle when it comes to which side it would blame for a work stoppage, according to a new Washington Post poll.

In the poll, 37 percent say they would fault the Obama administration for a partial federal shutdown. The same number would blame the Republicans in Congress. Those figures are nearly the same as in late February, despite five weeks of fierce budget negotiations and positioning on the issue.

And five weeks of fierce anti-Republican propaganda from our media. So this really represents an abject failure of their part. The state-run news media still haven’t been able to completely fool the public on this one. A least not yet. Of course they are not giving up.

That leaves President Obama, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans all on unsteady ground as the Friday deadline draws closer for reaching a compromise to fund the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year 2011. Obama has called four congressional leaders, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), to the White House on Tuesday for a discussion about the pending outline for 2011 spending

No doubt Mr. Obama decided to call everyone to the White House after hearing these poll results.

The poll respondents’ even divide is markedly different than where voters stood on the brink of the last round of government shutdowns. In late 1995, President Bill Clinton was battling with then-House speaker Newt Gingrich. Back then, Clinton clearly had the higher political ground, according to polls.

Of course it is just a coincidence that Mr. Clinton and the Democrats had a monopoly on the news back then.

The new poll shows little has also changed, over the past five weeks, in the percentage of Americans who see an honest effort at resolving the budget issue. By 2 to 1, Americans see the GOP as “just playing politics” with the budget issue, rather than really trying to fix the situation. A slim majority continues to doubt Obama’s sincerity

We have looked everywhere, but we can’t find the political breakdown for the respondents. Apparently the media’s pollsters are realizing that the way they skew the numbers through oversampling Democrats and ‘Independents’ has gotten too much attention. So they are no longer reporting their respondents’ political affiliations.

Also notice that the poll pitted Republicans versus the "sincere" Mr. Obama. It did not ask for opinions about the motives of the Democrat party in these negotiations. Why is that?

But underneath those stagnant numbers is growing disillusionment among rank-and-file Republicans. Fully 40 percent of all Republicans now see the Republicans in Congress as simply posturing on the budget, up 13 percentage points from five weeks ago. Republicans are also significantly more apt to see Obama as playing politics (rising from 70 to 81 percent).

Overall, the president’s sincerity numbers remain on par with February’s figures because independents are now more likely to call his efforts sincere ones. On the blame question itself, 35 percent of political independents say they would blame Obama for a shutdown; 34 percent would blame the GOP

Again, it is clear that the Washington Post must have asked the respondents about their party identification. But they neglected to publish those numbers.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Poll: Voters Split On Blame For Shutdown”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Sweet Babbling Buddha, for pity’s sake …. SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and give us regular folk a moments peace, willya?

    Matter of fact. kill the thing while you’re at it. And put us out of its misery.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Republicans should step up to the microphones and TAKE CREDIT FOR THE SHUTDOWN!!!!!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    The Liberal’s media were desperate to counter with some sort of propoganda the more credible Hill poll from yesterday that showed clear majorities siding with Republicans on this.

    Trust your spines. They don’t want this. They know the only power they have left is to try and control Washington through fear and lies.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Rush has been reading polls for some weeks now that the American public is truly aware of who would actually be responsible for any shut down. And really, like GBJ has said…so shut it down already. It may be just the very thing that the national socialists fear the most; Exposing the fact that things will still get done and life will go on without the bloviating fat bastards on the floor of the national executive pool sucking up all the oxygen.

      On the other hand, I’m concerned that the republicans are playing a sly game, expecting the general public to figure out that it’s the democrats causing all the problems without it being pointed out. It is somewhat of a good idea that the best revelations come from within one’s own mind but they are counting on independents and others to have working brain stems and intuitive logic skills. This could result in people arriving at the wrong conclusions though Paul Ryan yesterday pointed out that he wants the national socialists to squeal. And loudly. He feels that the more they whine and fuss, the more likely it is that they will alienate the people and turn them to a more conservative point of view.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Congressman Ryan’s political strategy and latest media offensive is the page on which the Republican leadership should’ve been since Nov 3, 2010. Boehner needs to take notes or hand over the gavel. When the narrative is centered around facts and which side consciously avoids them, there’s no question with whom the American public sides.

  4. JS says:

    I really can’t blame the public for seeing the Republicans as playing politics, because basically, they are. The establishment republicans KNOW exactly what they should be doing but they do not have the will to do it. At the end of the day they care more about the party and staying in power than actually doing what is right. They worry about re-election, when they should be doing their jobs and not caring if they get kicked out for it. That is putting principle before your political party. Something most of the republicans in office are incapable of doing.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Why in the name of all that is American – cannot We The People see that when the poll comes up with equal blame between the Administration (DEMS) and Republicans – and has been stable since Feb. – IS A WIN – most especially given the slanted media, Union thuggery going on, our Do-Nothing but spend Dear Reader and of course the GOP go-along-to-get-along spineless and gutless wimps who have enabled America to reach this situation.

    Sadly, scroll down a bit in this section (fark.com) to see exactly the stupidity We The People are up against:


  6. Right of the People says:

    I think it’s just like at work where a supervisor is afraid to go on vacation because everyone will see the office didn’t shut down just because they were gone and the place can get along just fine without them.

    I don’t care if the government is shut down until 2012 or beyond. If only we could get the IRS to be listed as non-essential.

    • tranquil.night says:

      This was starting to become a game of inches but that 4th down completion to Paul Ryan has opened the field. First down in the red zone.

      Pushing one week CRs is a solid strategy now if they extract meaningful cuts that chip away at HR1 or other necessities. Any long term budget deal should come with some sort of agreement on embracing elements of the Ryan plan in the ’12 budget, first and foremost defunding TWMBR, which is in it (1.6 trillion in savings!)

      Meanwhile pushing the short term gives Republicans the news interest to keep making their case for fiscal discipline now to avert major pain later.

      With the added bonus of a united Republican Senate pushing for the Balanced Budget Amendment, finally some encouraging signs. Go for the endzone, I say. A resulting shutdown now makes the Democrats look even more extreme.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Never in my whole life would I have thought of imagining a trillion of anything. Paul Ryan has it right and I heard sound bites from him today. He spelled it out clearly and directly and it was also noted that the democrats will not confront him on a fact-based level. They are playing the 30 year old game of demagoguery and lying. Sadly, for many that I talk to, they have no fight in them and just lump “the government” into an all-inclusive cesspool of liars, cronies, self-serving twits and morons. Also sadly, they are largely correct. The freshmen republicans, like in 1995 have had all the fun sucked out of their ice cream in one quick hurry by the old-head republican guard who still believe it is important to be liked and to be popular, rather than hold fast and do what’s necessary to right the badly listing ship-of-state. No one seems up to the task and …if they are….they are hushed by the old gray mare in the form of socialite dependent types in the republican party. Like many, I feared this and it has come to pass.

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Good news for the Democrats! There is an alternative plan to the Paul Ryan Budget/Debt Plan. It is called a tax increase of 88%. Your pick libtards! Entitlements sure have these lunatics running wild these days! Pathetic!

    From National Review Online:

    Yes, Entitlement Spending Must Be Cut – By Kevin D. Williamson – Exchequer – National Review Online

  9. proreason says:

    Well this is handy.

    Now we know what the Make Believe Media wants us to think about a government shutdown.

  10. bill says:

    Is this the best you got? Don’t you just say to yourself .. “I wonder what an honest poll is saying” … LOL

  11. wirenut says:

    Poll, what poll? For decades the libtards policies have been to “shutdown” the individual, while building an all knowing, all seeing alter to power. You can damn well bet their becoming unhinged. Work stoppage for them, is when the individual is empowered by God and our founders original intent. Look at the great news coming out of all places, Madison, Wisconsin. We The People, have spoken, and it’s not to be taken lightly.
    What lie, what unfulfilled promise can a politician or newspaper make now. None! Their “truth” to ruin has been brought to the light of freedom and liberty, and it pales. Ripple or wave I’m all for a shutdown of big gov. Next: unAmerican elected blowhards with reading skills.

  12. yadayada says:

    “In the poll, 37 percent say they would fault the Obama administration for a partial federal shutdown. The same number would blame the Republicans in Congress.”

    well, that’s 74%. whom do the other 26% say they will blame? there are only 3 entities involved – dems, reps, and ohama.

    so they must blame congressional dems. then we have won. 37 + 23= 60% who don’t blame reps.
    I figured you have to have your ubiquitus 3% “undecided” (read moron).

  13. tranquil.night says:

    It’s a bluff. Not paying the military and trying to put it on us is their only political play, that’s why they have to threaten a veto on this defense spending bill specifically. If we’re back at this point next week, we’re in a much better position for a shutdown.

    Force their hand John. Stick with Pence and vote for this CR, the funding bill, House Freshmen. Make Obama and the Senate Dims go on record as purposefully furloughing troops at a tine of war and we’ll see if we can’t override that veto.

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