53% in poll blame GOP, Trump for shut­down

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON – By a wide mar­gin, more Amer­i­cans blame Pres­i­dent 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.

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.

– Wash­ing­ton Post

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