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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Poll: Blame for possible government shutdown is divided

By Jon Cohen and Paul Kane

Americans are divided over who would be to blame for a potential government shutdown, with large numbers saying Republicans and President Obama are playing politics with the issue, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Thirty-six percent say Republicans would be at fault if the two sides cannot reach a budget deal in time to avert a temporary stoppage of government services, and just about as many, 35 percent, say primary responsibility would rest with the Obama administration. Nearly one in five say the two camps would be equally culpable.

Obama and congressional leaders are on the verge of passing an interim spending bill to keep federal agencies open through March 18, giving themselves an extra two weeks to try to craft a longer-term bill that would fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2011. The poll results suggest that neither side would likely have much to gain politically in the near term from allowing the government to close.

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By Jon Cohen and Paul Kane  | March 1, 2011; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Interesting....who shut down the government in 1995? Did Democrats shut the government down during the Bush years with high deficits?

Bottom line, Republicans are shutting it down and WILL be blamed. Even they know it

Posted by: Bious | March 1, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans passed a budget. Sadly, the Democrats were never had the balls to do that.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 1, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

it's the repubilcans and their typical anti-government rhetoric that only cost us all more in the end.

Congress (both sides) has not passed a budget on time for the last 10-years or more. it's their most fundamental job and they can't even get that right. the budget is the best representation of the country's plan. you can't havea plan/policy if you don't have the dollars behind it. so our government has been stalled for a year.

Expired funds just languish in space, new initiatives wait yet longer.

Posted by: simplewords999 | March 1, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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