The Washington Times - October 9, 2013, 08:20AM

A new poll says about three out of five Americans think Republicans are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, while roughly half think the president should do more to reach out to the GOP in a bid to end the government shutdown.

The Associated Press-GfK survey released Wednesday “affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago,” according to the AP.


Among key findings, 68 percent of Americans said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).

However, people seemed “conflicted or confused” about the shutdown over the debt limit, the AP said.

Their survey found six in 10 respondents think there will be an economic crisis if the government does not extend its borrowing authority later this month, yet only 30 percent say they support raising the debt limit, while 46 percent had a neutral position on the question.

The poll was conducted Oct. 3-7 by interviewing 1,227 adults online. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.