Public Would Blame Everyone for Shutdown
Equal numbers blame each side
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2011 10:59 AM CST
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – If Democrats think a government shutdown might help them politically, they might want to think again: A new survey indicates that the public would blame both parties equally for the shutdown. In a Washington Post poll, 36% say they’d blame Republicans for the shutdown, while 35% say they’d blame the Obama administration. Another 17% said they’d blame both parties—even though that wasn’t one of the options pollsters offered.

Not surprisingly, Republicans mainly blamed Democrats, and vice versa. Independents were the least likely to have made up their minds, though those that had slightly leaned toward blaming Obama. The numbers represent a big change from 1995, when 46% said they’d blame Newt Gingrich’s caucus, and only 27% placed the blame on Bill Clinton.

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Mar 1, 2011 1:26 PM CST
The problem is simple. Since the Republicans are the only ones making a serious effort to cut spending, and the Democrats aren't, because they are in bed with the Unions, the Dems are responsible.
Mar 1, 2011 1:14 PM CST
If we only had a viable third party that was truly independent of all the lobbyist and had a desire to serve and represent the constituents without personal greed. But, instead we are faced with the same old slime-filled quagmire of selfish, greedy, career seeking politicians that may call themselves either Republican or Democrat but are really neither different nor servants of the electorate.
Mar 1, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Both parties are acting like children. We need some grown-ups in office and we need to send the current bunch back to kindergarten to learn how to play nice and cooperate with others.