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Poll Shows Most Americans Would Blame GOP For Government Shutdown


Potential U.S. military action in Syria has dominated headlines in recent weeks, although Washington is also facing another looming budget crisis.

Some Republicans have refused to pass a government funding bill that includes money for Obamacare, raising concerns about a potential government shutdown at the end of the month.

The results of a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday subsequently showed that 51 percent of Americans think Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for a government shutdown.

Thirty-three percent said President Barack Obama would be more responsible for the shutdown, while 12 percent said both would be responsible.

The poll found that just 11 percent think a government shutdown would cause a crisis if it lasted only a few days, although the number jumps to 31 percent if the shutdown were to last for a few weeks.

In addition to the potential stalemate on government funding, Congress is also likely to face a showdown over raising the debt ceiling.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has indicated that Congress needs to raise the debt limit by mid-October or risk a government default.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has argued that government spending must be addressed in the debate over the debt ceiling, while Obama has claimed that he won't negotiate with Congress over raising the borrowing limit.

Fifty-four percent of Americans said the GOP would be more responsible for failing to raise the debt limit, while 25 percent said Obama would be more responsible.

The poll showed that 17 percent think failing to raise the debt ceiling would cause a crisis, while 45 percent said it would cause major problems.

The CNN/ORC International survey of 1,022 adults was conducted September 6th through 8th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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