The Associated Press-GfK survey, is out and no one has a reason to gloat, least of all President Obama, whose job approval rating has hit an all time low of 37%, while his disapproval rating rises to 53%.
The poll also shows that 62% mainly blame republicans but that about 50% say Obama and democrats in the congress share much of the blame. That seems like a contradiction. But it is easily explained. The media has decided to place the fault on the republicans and respondents give that answer automatically, but when asked to consider Obama's and the democrat's role in the shutdown, they place the blame on both.
Martha Blair, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, said, "Somebody needs to jerk those guys together to get a solution, instead of just saying 'no,'" said Blair, an independent. "It's just so frustrating." Most Americans would like to see the two sides get together and find a solution, but the president and harry Reid are holding the government reopening hostage unless they can get 100% of what they want, refusing all talk of compromise.
The polling also found that the democrat's portrayal of the Tea Party as a tiny faction is incorrect as 4 in 10 republicans identify themselves with the Tea Party. They also found that the TP more than any other group, insists their leaders hold the line.
Harry Reid and John Boehner both have approval ratings of 18%. Less than half of those polled said they know anything about Ted Cruz, but of those who said they did, Cruz has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 16/32%.
— Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).
— Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren't doing enough to cooperate with him.
— Republicans are split on just how much cooperation they want. Among those who do not back the tea party, fully 48 percent say their party should be doing more with Obama to find a solution. But only 15 percent of tea-party Republicans want that outreach. The vast majority of them say GOP leaders are doing what they should with the president, or should do even less with him.
— People seem conflicted or confused about the showdown over the debt limit. Six in 10 predict an economic crisis if the government's ability to borrow isn't renewed later this month with an increase in the debt limit — an expectation widely shared by economists. Yet only 30 percent say they support raising the limit; 46 percent were neutral on the question.
— More than 4 in 5 respondents felt no personal impact from the shutdown. For those who did, thwarted vacations to national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts at their desks and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints.
President Obama also insists on a bill raising the debt limit without any spending cuts. A recent Fox poll shows that 62% of all Americans want to see spending cuts, including a majority of democrats 48% to 44%.