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Washington Post: Post/ABC Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Trump & GOP for Shutdown, Reject Trump’s ‘Crisis’ & ‘National Emergency’ Threats

January 13, 2019
A new Washington Post / ABC poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly blame President Trump and Congressional Republicans for the shutdown, and reject the President’s claims of a ‘crisis’ at the border and his threats of declaring a national emergency to build his ineffective and expensive wall.

Excerpts from Washington Post “Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds

By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president’s assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.


Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 percent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 percent blame the Democrats in Congress. Thirteen percent say both sides bear equal responsibility for the shutdown. That is identical to the end of the 16-day shutdown in 2013, when 29 percent blamed then-President Barack Obama and 53 percent put the responsibility on congressional Republicans.


Independents fix the blame squarely on the president and his party rather than on the Democrats, by 53 percent to 23 percent. Women blame Trump and Republicans by a margin of 35 points, and men blame the president and the GOP by 13 points.


By more than 2-1 (66 percent to 31 percent), Americans say they oppose invoking an emergency to build a border wall. The poll finds 51 percent say they strongly oppose such a declaration. 


In his nationally televised address he delivered from the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump asserted that there is a humanitarian and security crisis at the border because of illegal immigration. Nearly half of all Americans (47 percent) say there is a serious problem at the border but decline to call it a crisis. Just under a quarter (24 percent) label the current situation a crisis.