A new poll from The Associated Press says citizens are holding Republicans mostly responsible for the government shutdown but public opinion of all the players is sinking.
The poll, conducted by The AP with GfK and released on Oct. 9, showed that the Republican Party is taking the biggest knocks with the public.
About 62 percent overall mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.
The poll also found that about 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party. Those citizens were more likely than other Republicans to encourage the standoff over reopening the government.
Also, about 53 percent of Americans are not happy with President Barack Obama's job performance.
Congress, meanwhile, has an approval rating of 5 percent. Both Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, and Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, have a favorability rating of 18 percent. Ted Cruz, considered a possible Republican candidate for the White House in 2016 and a shutdown leader in the Senate, has a 16 percent favorability rating.
Other findings in The AP poll:
• About 68 percent said the shutdown is a major problem.
• 52 percent said the president is not doing enough to cooperate.
• 63 percent said the Republicans are not doing enough to cooperate.
• About 60 percent expect an economic crisis if the debt limit is not raised.
The poll was conducted Oct. 3-7 in online interviews with 1,227 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
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