Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the government shutdown and polarization on Capital Hill, but there enough blame to go around according to a New AP/GFK poll.
Sixty-two percent (62%) blamed Republicans for the shutdown, that about ten percent higher than those who blame Democrats. These numbers have been reflected in other recent polls and appear to be consistent across polling organizations
What is significant in this poll is President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to thirty-seven percent (37%) and the Senate Majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid’s numbers have fallen in line with the House Speaker, Republican John Boehner at eighteen percent (18%) a piece.
From the AP/Gfk Poll
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.
Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it’s Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent.
While this Poll makes for great headlines, Gallup has failed to reflect the rapid falling approval rating for president Obama. Gallup’s three day tracking poll still has the President at forty-eight percent (48%). Rasmussen reports shows a similar number, even the latest FOX News poll has Obama approval at forty-nine percent (49%).
In order to suggest that the AP/GfK poll is reflective of the nation as a whole, there will need to be additional polls that show similar numbers.
Remember, one poll or data-point does not suggest a trend.