A new high of 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are
handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that criticism of the GOP’s handling of the budget dispute has grown by 11 percentage points since just before the partial government shutdown began, from 63 to 70 and now 74 percent – clearly leaving the party with the lion’s share of blame. Indeed 54 percent now “strongly” disapprove.
By contrast, 53 percent disapprove of Obama’s work on the issue, essentially flat since the crisis came to a head and a broad 21 points lower than disapproval of the Republicans. Fewer, as well, strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance, 39 percent.
The Democrats in Congress, for their part, remain positioned between the two: Sixty-one percent disapprove of their handling of budget talks in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, unchanged from last week and up 5 points from the week before.
More details from the poll:
Fewer than half (49%) of Republicans approve of the GOP's handling of the budget, while President Obama and the Democrats in Congress get 71% and 61% approval from Democrats.
76% of independents disapprove of the way the GOP is handling this.
Even 59% of conservatives disapprove of the way the GOP is handling this crisis.
More good news for the president is that "the gap between Obama and the Republicans is substantial across gender and income groups alike. And again he’s got a better approval rating on the issue than the Republicans’ even among whites (34 vs. 22 percent), a group Obama lost by 20 points in the 2012 presidential election."