Poll: US feels shut­down is Trump’s

Ma­jor­ity op­pose build­ing wall at Mex­i­can bor­der

The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint - Wil­liam Cum­mings USA TO­DAY

By a wide mar­gin, Amer­i­cans blame the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in U.S. his­tory on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, ac­cord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton POST-ABC News poll pub­lished Sun­day.

The par­tial shut­down af­fects about a quar­ter of the U.S. gov­ern­ment and ap­prox­i­mately 800,000 fed­eral work­ers. Now in its fourth week, the shut­down is the re­sult of an im­passe be­tween the pres­i­dent and con­gres­sional Democrats over fund­ing for a bor­der wall, which Trump promised dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign.

When asked, “Who do you think is mainly re­spon­si­ble for this sit­u­a­tion?” 53 per­cent of Amer­i­cans said they blamed Trump and Repub­li­cans. Only 29 per­cent blamed Democrats and an­other 13 per­cent said both sides were equally re­spon­si­ble. Four per­cent had no opin­ion.

On Satur­day, Trump in­di­cated dur­ing a Fox News in­ter­view that he be­lieved he, not the Democrats, was win­ning the bat­tle for pub­lic opin­ion over the shut­down and the wall.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, there was a wide par­ti­san di­vide in opin­ion. While 85 per­cent of Democrats blamed Trump and con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans, 68 per­cent of Repub­li­can vot­ers blamed con­gres­sional Democrats.

Re­spon­dents were es­sen­tially split on whether Democrats should reach a com­pro­mise that in­cluded fund­ing of Trump’s wall in or­der to re­open the gov­ern­ment. Forty-eight per­cent said to con­tinue deny­ing the pres­i­dent’s re­quest, even if it ex­tended the shut­down, while 45 per­cent said they should com­pro­mise.

A ma­jor­ity, 54 per­cent, said they op­pose the con­struc­tion of a bor­der wall, while 42 per­cent said they are in fa­vor of it. Among those who sup­port the wall, 52 per­cent said the pres­i­dent should keep de­mand­ing the funds even if it pro­longs the shut­down. Forty-one per­cent fa­vored com­pro­mise.

The poll of 788 Amer­i­cans was con­ducted from Jan. 8-11 with a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 4.5 per­cent.

Don­ald Trump

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