Poll finds more Amer­i­cans blame Trump for shut­down

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WASH­ING­TON — By a wide mar­gin, more Amer­i­cans blame Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Repub­li­cans in Con­gress than con­gres­sional Democrats for the now record-break­ing gov­ern­ment shut­down, and most re­ject the pres­i­dent’s as­ser­tion that there is an il­le­gal-im­mi­gra­tion cri­sis on the south­ern bor­der, ac­cord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News poll.

Sup­port for build­ing a wall on the bor­der, which is the prin­ci­pal stick­ing point in the stale­mate be­tween the pres­i­dent and Democrats, has in­creased over the past year. To­day, 42 per­cent say they sup­port a wall, up from 34 per­cent last Jan­uary. A slight ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans (54 per­cent) op­pose the idea, down from 63 per­cent a year ago.

The in­crease in sup­port is sharpest among Repub­li­cans, whose back­ing for Trump’s long-stand­ing cam­paign prom­ise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 per­cent to 87 per­cent.

Not only has GOP sup­port in­creased, it has also hard­ened. To­day, 70 per­cent of Repub­li­cans say they strongly sup­port the wall, an in­crease of 12 points since Jan­uary 2018.

Con­cern­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of blame, 53 per­cent say Trump and the Repub­li­cans are mainly at fault, and 29 per­cent blame the Democrats in Con­gress. Thir­teen per­cent say both sides bear equal re­spon­si­bil­ity for the shut­down.

The Post-ABC poll was con­ducted Jan. 8-11 among a ran­dom na­tional sam­ple of 788 Amer­i­cans reached on cel­lu­lar and land­line phones.

The over­all re­sults have a mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror of plus or mi­nus 4.5 per­cent­age points.

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