- A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found a majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for the partial government shutdown.
- The poll also found that a minority of people polled support Trump’s claims that there is a “crisis” at the southern border and its use to support a record-breaking shutdown.
- Multiple other polls taken during the government shutdown have found that most people place the blame on Trump.
The poll comes as the shutdown broke the record for the longest in American history. It also found that a majority of Americans shied away from some of Trump’s key positions that he is using to legitimize the shutdown.
The poll found 53% of Americans blame Trump and Republican lawmakers for the shutdown, while 29% blame Democratic lawmakers.
Though support for Trump’s long-promised border wall, funding for which is at the heart of the shutdown, found a slight increase to 42% from 34% this month last year, 54% of Americans were found to still oppose the wall overall.
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IRS worker Christine Helquist joins a federal workers protest rally outside the Federal Building, Thursday, Jan., 10, 2019, in Ogden, Utah. Payday will come Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to stay afloat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
IRS worker Angela Gran, center, and others participate in a federal workers protest rally outside the Federal Building, Thursday, Jan., 10, 2019, in Ogden, Utah. Payday will come Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to stay afloat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Furloughed National Park Service ranger Kathryn Gilson, center, listens as fellow furloughed ranger Sean Ghazala, left, speaks to the media, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, during a press conference and rally at Staten Island’s La Colmena Center in New York. Ghazala is based at Manhattan’s African Burial Ground, and Gilson works at Gateway National Recreation Area, a national park encompassing wetlands surrounding New York city and parts of New Jersey’s coastline. Gilson says she is home “bouncing off the walls” and worrying about paying her bills and student loan. Staten Island is a largely Republican borough of New York city, but Democrat Max Rose recently defeated his Republican opponent in the 2018 congressional elections. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Just under half of Americans disagree with Trump’s claims of a “crisis” at the border, as 47% said the situation at the border was serious, but not a crisis.
Other polls released over the weekend back the conclusion found in the Washington Post/ABC poll. A CNN poll released Sunday shows 55% of respondents blamed President Trump more than Democrats in Congress for the shutdown. It also found the 56% of people oppose the proposed border wall. An NPR poll from Friday found that just 3 in 10 believe that the government should be shut down until there is funding for the wall. A Reuters poll from Tuesday found that 51% believe that Trump “deserves most of the blame” for the shutdown.
The minority support for Trump’s messaging reflects rebukes from top Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has led calls for an end to the shutdown that was sparked by gridlock in Congress over Trump’s demanded $5 billion to construct the wall.
Pelosi said last week that the president should “stop holding the American people hostage and stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government.” Trump has since objected to the term “manufactured crisis” as offensive to border agencies, often using anecdotes about individual crimes committed by undocumented immigrants to hit back at Democrats.
The government shutdown has now gone on for 23 days. It has affected a slew of agencies and services for millions of Americans. As Trump digs in on his wishes for the border, Democrats have insisted there will be no money allocated for the wall, and the shutdown appears to have no end in sight.