In December, President Trump specifically told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that he would not blame the Democrats for a government shutdown, saying on December 11, “I’ll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck (Schumer). So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”
Then once the shutdown actually began, Trump predictably shifted the blame to Democrats, tweeting on December 30, “Great work by my Administration over the holidays to save Coast Guard pay during this #SchumerShutdown. No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!”
So, who really is to blame? The Washington Post and ABC News decided to find out in their latest poll.
It turns out that in the poll, conducted between January 8-11, 2019 of 788 Americans, 53% of those polled believe that Trump and congressional Republicans are to blame, while just 29% blame the Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, and 13% blame both parties equally.
Additionally, To break things down a little further, 85% of Democrats blame Trump and the Republicans, while 68% of Republicans blame Democrats. As for Independent voters, 53% of them blame the Republicans while only 23% of Independents blame the Democrats, and 17% blame both parties equally.
The government shutdown is now the longest in American history, with no apparent end in sight. Neither Trump nor the Democrats are showing any signs of giving in to the other side. There has been some talk that Trump will declare a national emergency in order to fund the wall, but if he chooses not to go down that route, it is seeming very unlikely that Democrats will concede much to his demands, even less so now that this poll puts things in their favor.