The Shutdown Blame Game: Will Voters Point Fingers Or Just Shrug?

Watch VideoThe latest government shutdown came and went. After three days, Senate Democrats agreed to a three-week government funding extension as long as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote on immigration policy — namely, a fix for DACA. Now the "blame game" for the shutdown starts. Dems are blaming Republicans, the GOP is blaming Democrats. But there's really only one group of people whose opinion really matters: voters. A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found 48 percent of those polled blamed the president and congressional Republicans for the shutdown; only 35 percent blamed Democrats. "That sort of goes against the conventional wisdom in Washington, which is Democrats backed down because they were scared of getting blamed for the shutdown," Politico's Kevin Robillard told Newsy. SEE MORE: The Government Shutdown Could Slow The CDC's Flu-Tracking EffortsPer usual, there was a partisan divide in the poll, with each side pointing fingers at the other. But the majority of voters pointed to the top — at President Donald Trump. Fifty-three percent of voters said he didn't do enough to bring the two sides to the negotiating table. "That indicates this is another knock against Trump in a lot of voters' minds. And also just indicates that a lot of voters...

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