Americans Just As Divided as Congress Over Shutdown

Americans don't like the shutdown, but they are divided over how to make it end.

A protestor holds a sign calling on House Speaker John Boehner to pass a clean continuing budget resolution on Oct. 4, 2013, during an event on Capitol Hill.
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America is officially fed up.

One week into a government shutdown, polling out Monday afternoon reveals Americans have assigned blame to just about everyone in Washington.

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As predicted, however, Republicans are bearing the brunt of the outrage.

President Barack Obama's disapproval rating went up by one point. But in just a little more than a week, Republicans earned a 70 percent disapproval rating from voters, up from 63 percent the week before.

Democrats also saw their disapproval rating increase by five points from 56 percent to 61 percent.

A Pew Research survey Monday showed that 39 percent of Americans blamed the GOP for the gridlock while 30 percent blamed Democrats. The same poll also revealed why Congress may be in this mess. It turns out Americans across the country are as deeply divided on the issues of health care and the budget as their elected officials in Washington.

The survey highlights how difficult it is for members of Congress back home to compromise — their constituents don't want them to.

And the country is nearly evenly divided as to who should compromise with the other side, with 44 percent saying they want Republicans to abandon their crusade to delay or dismantle the Affordable Care Act, while 42 percent argue it is the president who should be the one making the concessions to turn the governments' lights back on.

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Nearly 60 percent of the Democrats did not believe Obama should agree to any postponement of the implementation of his signature health care law, while 54 percent of the Republicans argued that the GOP shouldn't have to fund a law that they do not approve of.

The Pew poll also showed a divide in how Republicans and Democrats view the next fiscal showdown.

Republicans are less concerned about an Oct. 17 deadline to raise the country's debt ceiling. Only 36 percent of Republicans believe Congress must increase the country's borrowing limit, while 62 percent of Democrats view it as "essential."

The Pew poll was conducted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 6, 2013, among 1,000 adults.


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