The Politics of the Shutdown

… In one sense, YouGov’s research confirms what polls elsewhere have shown already: nobody came off well during the shutdown, and Republicans came off especially badly. A few days after the shutdown ended, YouGov found that 66% disapproved of Congressional Republicans’ handling of the crisis, to only 53% who felt the same about Democrats and 51% who felt the same about President Obama. …

However, perhaps because we asked a more complex question that allowed respondents first to blame all groups they blamed and then pick which group they blamed most, our tracker also revealed a second trend. As the shutdown dragged on, President Obama was increasingly included as one of the parties responsible. As with any crisis, Americans began to look to the President for leadership. CONT.

William Jordan, YouGov