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Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Featured, Politics | 43 comments

New AP Poll: Republicans blamed for shutdown as one in four GOPers support Tea Party

David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

A new Associated Press-GfK survey finds Republicans are being largely blamed for the shut down and contains a tidbit that underscores the ongoing problem for the GOP as talk about a “rebranding” totally vanishes: one out of four Republicans support the Tea Party. A few highlights:

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.

The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around.

Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.

The poll found that the tea party is more than a gang of malcontents in the political landscape, as its supporters in Congress have been portrayed by Democrats. Rather, it’s a sizable — and divisive — force among Republicans. More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government and avoiding a default of the nation’s debt in coming weeks.

Go to the AP link to read the story in its entirety, with more details.

This is one of many polls that show the GOP taking a big hit on the shutdown. Texas. Republican Sen. Tex Cruz, many on Fox News, conservative talk hosts and some conservative online writers contend the Republican Party is winning and has the support of the American people.

This doesn’t coincide with the findings of most polls to date.

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