RELEASE: Most Americans Blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the Government Shutdown, New Poll Shows

Washington, D.C — Two days into the government shutdown, Americans clearly blame President Trump and congressional Republicans for the closure, a new poll released tonight finds.

Fifty-two percent of Americans said they blame Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress for the government shutdown, according to the poll, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) for the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The research released today also finds strong support (58 percent overall) for protecting Dreamers as a part of a funding bill to reopen the government, including 42 percent strongly favoring such a provision.

Most concerning for President Trump and congressional Republicans, their current position of blocking protections for Dreamers even if it means the government remains shut down is supported by only 33 percent of Americans.

“It’s clear that we have a president who doesn’t care about the public’s opinion, but hopefully congressional Republicans will stop following President Trump’s failed leadership and pass a bipartisan agreement that funds the government and protects Dreamers,” said Navin Nayak, executive director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “Americans are tired of the chaos President Trump’s first year has brought and want to see Republicans do their jobs.”

A solid majority of Americans, 56 percent, disapprove of President Trump’s job performance.

“As with every other poll, this one reconfirms that President Trump and congressional Republicans will bear the brunt of the blame for the government shutdown—in no small part because they refuse to accept a bipartisan agreement to solve the problem,” said Jim Williams, Polling Analyst with PPP.

The survey of 996 people nationwide was conducted on January 20-21, 2018. The sample is demographically representative of the 2016 electorate.

To view the full poll, click here.