More voters viewing partial shutdown as ‘crisis’: poll

More voters viewing partial shutdown as ‘crisis’: poll

President Donald Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Congressional Democratic leaders ahead of the looming shutdown on Dec. 11, 2018. (White House pool video)

WASHINGTON — A growing number of voters view the partial government shutdown as a “crisis,” according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll.

The poll found that 46 percent described the shutdown as a “crisis,”  — a 7 percent increase from last week — while 35 percent said that it was a “problem.”

Meanwhile, 9 percent said it was neither a crisis nor a problem, and an additional 9 percent didn’t know or had no opinion.

The poll comes as the partial shutdown hits its 33rd day with no clear-cut solution on the horizon.

Trump has maintained a demand for $5.7 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but offered Democrats a deal over the weekend that would provide three years of protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status recipients as a compromise.

Democrats rejected the plan, which would have reopened the government, before it was even formally proposed.

“Initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement released ahead of Trump’s televised remarks.

The Senate is expected to vote on two pieces of legislation on Thursday, one that includes the president’s proposal and a second House-backed measure that reopens the government but does not include wall funding.

Neither is expected to pass.

In the meantime, 800,000 federal workers are either being kept home or working with delayed pay. Friday will mark the second missed paycheck for most of them. Congress has voted to compensate workers once the government reopens.

Wednesday’s poll found that 49 percent of voters blame Trump for the partial shutdown while 35 percent blame Congressional Democrats and 4 percent find Republican lawmakers at fault.

The results are virtually unchanged from the previous week when factoring in the margin of error.

Voters who said that they disapprove of Trump’s performance has hit 57 percent, matching a record high, while 40 percent of approve.

The survey did not include approval for Congress.

The poll was conducted among 1,996 registered voters between January 18-22. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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