Americans blame everyone for shutdown

McClatchy InteractiveOctober 4, 2013 

— Americans are largely annoyed with everyone involved in the government shutdown.

A new CBS poll, taken Tuesday and Wednesday, the first days of the shutdown, found 72 percent disapprove of how congressional Republicans are handling budget talks, while 61 percent disapprove of how President Barack Obama and Democrats are dealing with matters.

"More generally, most Americans (61 percent) think congressional Republicans oppose the policies proposed by Barack Obama and the Democrats mostly to stop Democrats from gaining political advantage rather than because of a disagreement over policy," according to a poll analysis.

"Americans are divided (47 percent to 43 percent) when considering why the president and Democrats oppose Republican policies."

They seem to side with Republicans on one key point: The Affordable Care Act. Republicans have been trying to dilute or delay the act's implementation.

Here's what CBS found:

"Most Americans (51 percent) continue to disapprove of the Affordable Care Act --including 40 percent who strongly disapprove. But 43 percent now approve, matching a previous high for the law reached in May 2010. Still, more Americans have disapproved than approved of the law since it was passed in 2010.

"Forty-three percent of Americans think the health care law goes too far, while 31 percent think it is about right, and 20 percent think it doesn't go far enough. One in ten who disapprove of the law do so because they don't think it goes far enough.

"Polling was conducted over the first two days that the new health insurance exchanges were open under the Affordable Care Act. After two days, 63 percent of Americans are aware that people can currently sign up for health insurance through the exchanges, while 22 percent are not.

"Forty-five percent of those who are uninsured know that the exchanges are now open."



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