- A new INSIDER poll found that 42% of conservative Americans said they would want President Donald Trump to sign a bill that would reopen the government but doesn’t include funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border.
- A majority of Americans – 52% – blamed Trump for the partial government shutdown, while just 17% blamed House Democrats.
- Wednesday is the 33rd day of the shutdown, which has left 800,000 federal workers without pay and Trump’s disapproval ratings at record highs.
The majority of Americans and about 42% of conservatives said they would want President Donald Trump to sign a bill that would reopen the government but doesn’t include funding for a border wall, according to a new INSIDER poll.
The survey also found that 52% of Americans blamed Trump for the partial federal government shutdown, which is now on its 33rd day, while just 17% blamed House Democrats.
Meanwhile, Trump’s disapproval ratings have reached new highs.
For INSIDER’s poll, we told respondents about two bills under consideration in the Senate set to be voted on this Thursday: one that “is backed by President Trump and includes $US5.7 billion for a border wall,” and another that “would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8.”
We then said: “Analysts say the wall bill will most likely fail. In the event the second passes, would you approve of the president signing it to reopen the government?”
Nearly 42% of those who identified as somewhat or very conservative said they would approve of Trump doing so and temporarily reopening the government. Nearly 70% of those who identified as somewhat or very liberal said the same.
In our poll, 25% of people identified as being very or somewhat conservative, 27% as very or somewhat liberal, and 47% as either slightly conservative or liberal, or neither.
Because Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate, both bills are unlikely to gain the number of votes necessary to pass both chambers, and Trump has refused to sign any bill without the $US5.7 billion he has requested for a wall.
The president forced the government into a partial shutdown in December after suddenly changing his mind on a clean funding bill that did not include money for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border.
Other recent polling has similarly found that most Americans are fed up with the president’s hardline tactics on the issue.
A new CBS poll found that 70% of Americans said they didn’t think the fight over the wall was worth a government shutdown, which they said was hurting the country. That poll also found that 43% of Republican voters said they’d oppose keeping the government closed over the wall.
And a new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 54% of Americans blamed Trump and the GOP for the shutdown and that the president’s disapproval rating had reached an all-time high of 57% while his approval rating was at 40%.
SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income.
Total 1,175 completed respondents January 22-23, margin of error plus or minus 3.00 percentage points with 95% confidence level.
Bob Bryan contributed to this report.
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