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New ABC/WaPo Poll: 70% of Americans Disapprove of GOP's Shutdown Games

Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 12:51:10 pm

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the public is not falling for the GOP's attempts to blame their own extortionary actions on President Obama; no less than 70% of Americans disapprove of the GOP's tactics.

Seventy percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of how the Republicans in Congress are handling the budget negotiations, up 7 percentage points from a week ago. Far fewer, 51 percent, disapprove of Obama's approach, essentially unchanged in the past week.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

The Democrats in Congress remain between the two: Sixty-one percent disapprove of their handling of the budget breakdown, up 5 points in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

In another way to look at the results, Obama's gone from 41-50 percent approve-disapprove last week to 45-51 percent now - a 9-point negative margin then, a similar 6-point negative margin today. The Democrats likewise show little change overall (from a 22- to a 26-point negative gap). But the Republicans have gone from 26-63 percent approve-disapprove to 24-70 percent, an initial 37-point difference widening now to a 46-point negative result.