- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2018

More registered voters blame Democrats for the three-day government shutdown, but leaders in both parties face negative numbers, according to a poll published Wednesday.

The Fox News poll — taken during the government shutdown — shows 32 percent of people blame Democrats for the shutdown, while 24 percent blame Republicans and another 13 percent point to President Trump directly. Twenty-four percent blame both parties equally.

When it comes to specific leaders on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faces the highest unfavorable rating at 51 percent, compared to 31 percent who see her favorably. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the next highest unfavorable rating at 45 percent, compared to 25 percent who favor him.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan also have higher unfavorable marks than favorable ones, but by smaller margins. Thirty-nine percent see Mr. Schumer unfavorably, versus 31 percent who favor him. Mr. Ryan has a 44 percent unfavorable rating, compared to 40 percent who see him favorably.

The government shut down on Friday at midnight when lawmakers failed to reach a deal to pass the spending measure. Democrats held out their support after Republicans refused to include protections for Dreamers, or participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The poll was taken Sunday through Tuesday in the middle of the shutdown and the day after it ended. The information was taken using both landline and cellphone interviews among 1,002 registered voters between Jan. 21-23 with a plus or minus of 3 percentage points. The poll was conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research, a Democratic-leaning firm and Republican-leaning firm, respectively.

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