WASHINGTON, D.C. — Because Senate Republicans didn’t have the votes necessary to break a potential Democratic filibuster, President Trump was denied funding for his border wall, and at midnight last night, the federal government entered a partial shutdown state.
The Trump White House is attempting to lay the groundwork for the public blaming Democrats for the shutdown, but a new snap poll from CNN and pollsters We Poll You So Hard shows that not only will the majority of Americans not blame Democrats for a shutdown, many are hopeful the shutdown will last up to two years.
According to the results of the poll, 60% of Americans would blame the Republicans primarily for the shutdown, but even more astounding is the fact that by the same margin, most Americans would rather the government just stay closed for the next two years when the country holds its next presidential elections.
“I’ve never seen a poll like this before,” Susan Malloy of WPYSH told us via Skype this morning. “It’s almost like most Americans would rather there by no government for the next two years. We had a lot of respondents asking us if the president is locked out of the White House during a shutdown, and if not, can we demand Congress do that during shutdowns.”
President Trump currently has a Gallup approval rating of 38%, while 58% disapprove. Throughout his presidency, Trump has had an approval rating that stayed mostly mired in the thirties, though it did peak at around 45% early on in his tenure. Malloy says it would seem Gallup’s approval poll jibes with the results of the poll her firm conducted with CNN.
Most respondents said they’d be willing to have the government shutdown again, if after three years there is no change in White House occupants.
“Roughly 57% said that they’d like the government to re-open in two years, but that if the current administration is still there, they’d be okay with the government shutting right back down for another four years,” Malloy said.
The White House did not comment on this story.