Republicans Are Losing The Shutdown Blame Game

Stanchions used to guide tourists are seen stacked in a closed Capitol Visitors Center on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

[Washington Post]

Stanchions used to guide tourists are seen stacked in a closed Capitol Visitors Center on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI
Stanchions used to guide tourists are seen stacked in a closed Capitol Visitors Center on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Americans are blaming congressional Republicans more than President Obama for causing Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, according to the first polls conducted since Washington came to a halt at midnight Monday.

While the initial reaction is worse for Republicans, their share of blame is not as lopsided as during the 1995 shutdowns when Bill Clinton was in office, and polls disagree on whether Obama is gaining popularity or just holding steady as the standoff progresses.

By 44 percent to 35 percent, more say Republicans in Congress are to blame than Obama/Democrats for the shutdown in a CBS News poll conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday. A simultaneous Fox News poll of registered voters found 42 percent saying either “Republican leaders” or “Tea party Republicans, such as Ted Cruz,” are responsible while 32 percent blamed Obama or “Democratic leaders, such as Harry Reid.”

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