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ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL: Shutdown, Week II
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Disapproval of GOP Peaks
In Blame for the Budget Crisis
A new high of 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are
handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding
disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that criticism of the GOP’s handling of the
budget dispute has grown by 11 percentage points since just before the partial government
shutdown began, from 63 to 70 and now 74 percent – clearly leaving the party with the lion’s
share of blame. Indeed 54 percent now “strongly” disapprove.
By contrast, 53 percent disapprove of Obama’s work on the issue, essentially flat since the crisis
came to a head and a broad 21 points lower than disapproval of the Republicans. Fewer, as well,
strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance, 39 percent.
The Democrats in Congress, for their part, remain positioned between the two: Sixty-one percent
disapprove of their handling of budget talks in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research
Associates, unchanged from last week and up 5 points from the week before.