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Poll: GOP gets the blame in the government shutdown; Obama at 37 percent approval

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    No blame to the tea party, they need to acknowledge the mistake and disband.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    Placing blame seldom fixes a problem.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    The Tea party Republicans are to blame.

    Sadly all other Republicans were also being held hostage by the Tea Party folks. In a way they're victims too.

  • birwin Herrmian, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    I am having a hard time following some logic. Maybe someone can help me. Can someone give me what both Republicans and Democrats have compromised?

    Here is what I understand to this point: budget levels were compromised and agreed upon by both sides and this is what is being called the clean CR. I also understand that the Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act. They have compromised in saying that they will only postpone funding for six weeks.

    It appears the Democrats will not go for this compromise because if they do, the budget will pass (except for the affordable care act) and the power is returned to the Republicans because they can reject all attempts to fund "Obamacare" in six weeks. So, postponing appears to be exactly the same as not funding it.

    I also understand that if the house leaders would put the Clean CR up for a vote, it would pass. It appears any budget the House votes on at this point will pass. The Senate, on the other hand, will only pass a clean CR and that is the only budget house leaders will not allow a vote on.

  • dLange Los Gatos, CA
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    The reason that the Republicans are receiving greater blame than the Democrats, is because they are 100% responsible for the shutdown of the US government. The fact that the Democrats are receiving any blame at all is a sad commentary on the state of journalism in this country. I constantly hear the media preaching a false equivalency on this issue.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Funny how the same conservatives claiming that money spent on National Parks is a waste of money, are now suddenly up in arms about the Parks being closed. All things opposing Obama is their only agenda.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:03 a.m.

    The Government shutdown is a Tea-Party dream come true.

    They wanted the Federal Government shutdown and cutdown to the bare-bones minimum.
    Now they've got it!

    Get used to it, because this would all be permanent if they get their way.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    There are consequences for desperately and illogically shutting down government to repeal funded laws. Here they come.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    @ The Skeptical Chymist and fellow liberal extremists:

    Yes, Obamacare was legally passed in the short window when there was no balance in the legislature. It was actually ramrodded thru more than bills ordinarily passed. Never in the history of our government has such a big bill pushed thru with such little debate and understanding. Truth be known, nobody knew enough about it to even debate or ask questions. It was (is) a big mystery.

    Slavery and Prohibition were both legally passed as well. Thankfully, people had the strength and insight to fight those bad laws and get them reversed. The Tea-party is doing exactly the same thing with a bad law now. History will vindicate their current actions.

    It's a verifiable fact that the majority of Americans are opposed to Obamacare. It's almost unbelievable that people like you think it's OK to ram such a law down our throats.

    Republicans are simply asking that people receive the same consideration that Obama has already given to his special interest groups... the option of waiting a year to sign up while the worst parts of this gigantic law get fixed. Totally reasonable and understandable!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    I don't get it.

    Money can be found to bomb Syria, and supply Egypt with financial aid, but not open White House tours.

    Close national parks, but we can arm Syrian rebels?

    No wonder a thirty seven percent approval rating. Who are those 37% anyway?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    The conventional wisdom was correct. The republicans would be blamed, and this has come to fruition. They shouldn't be surprised, we shouldn't be surprised, and they deserve it.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Having the spend-thrift government shut down isn't necessarily a bad thing. What is a bad thing is all the finger-pointing from those who refuse to negotiate, take up any bills that don't match their exact desires, or talk of making everything whole again by paying those furloughed after the mess is over and who didn't lift a finger during it. Ever see what happens when you expect something for nothing?

    It's high time the feds, states, counties and cities got their spending of someone else's money under control. Unlimited debt ceilings is not a wise course and eventually it comes to a screeching halt. That has finally started to happen. Bravo!!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Sure the GOP is going to get the blame.....its an AP article and they have their lock-step Obama marching orders! This is not even close to the 1995 shutdown where GOP was to blame 45-25..... today it is within the margin of error of 3-5% and a WIN for the GOP and a LOSS for the Regime!

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    That would depend on who does the polling - this is AP so you have to be suspect of the data. If you select your sample carefully you can get just about any result you want. Interesting that the media is not making much about Obama being at 37%, when George Bush was at this level they celebrated. Other polls have different results - the blame should go to Obama and Reid. The House has sent many bills that would fund the government - but Reid won't bring them up for a vote and Obama has said he will veto them. So who is to blame???

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    Wait until the bulk of the harsh effects of Obamacare kick in for people as the months roll on ...job loss, hours cut, insurance premiums sky rocket up, unfamiliar doctors forced upon people, procedures denied, and the list goes on.... The wealth redistribution idea is going to go over like a brick over the head. I suspect the next presidential executive order will be to fine anyone who speaks out against Obamacare. Outrageous? Nothing surprises me with this character anymore. The 37% approval will seem like the good ole days for the Obama worshipers.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 9, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Worf - if Obama is in charge... well, lets have a clean CR with no riders on it, and see how it goes. Problem is, Obama can't bring things up for a vote. I know you want to saintify one side, and deamonize the other, but there are two sides to this coin.

    Both sides are complicit here. Both are demanding the other side compromise, while they themselves refuse. Any interpretation of events other than that is just not honest.

    The House wants Obama to cannibalize existing law, without going through the process of passing a new one. Obama wants a clean CR without any concessions on entitlements.

    Neither are going to get what they are asking for... that is why it is called negotiations.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    The real story is that Obama's job approval rating is at 37%--it's lowest point ever. To give you perspective, the lowest George Bush's approval got to was 36%. The media had a heyday when that happened.

    But on this one, the media points the finger a different direction.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    People who blame the GOP for the shut down just aren't informed. Too bad but this is normal these days. The lame stream media distorts, lies and covers for Obama and that isn't going to change any time soon and for those poor ignorant souls who rely on the hear say from CNN or MSNBC are going to be misled. At the end of the day - the GOP only wanted congress not to be exempted from Obamacare as well as Barack's big business buddies and unions. No go. In other words - the GOP just wanted WE the people to be treated the same as congress but Barack and Harry wouldn't hear of it. This is an obvious and simple compromise and for anyone who is actually informed this would be simple to see who is REALLY not willing to compromise and who is therefore responsible for the shut down. It is NOT reasonable EVER for a president to refuse to negotiate ANYTHING but this guy in the White House is historic in the sense that he is NOT willing to even talk. It is Barack's way or no way. That isn't leadership.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    RE: The Skeptical Chymist = Best and most accurate comment EVER!

    Let me just get this straight, those of you who have been yelling from the rooftops for the last 5 years about the Government being to big and intruding into your lives now want that very Government to step in and open the parks? Really? The Senate and House are in gridlock subsequently closing our Government down and this is the best thing the Republicans can come up with? Closed National Parks? Are you people serious?

    You know what happens when you close a Government down? Your National Parks close with it! And oh yea, Soldiers who gave all for their country don't get their Death Benefits passed on to their grieving families! Sorry, apparently Republicans getting some kind of concession on who knows what is much more important. Here is an idea, if you don't like it why don't you contact Mr. "A government Lee, and tell him so!

    By the way, if we don't pass a budget and go past the debt ceiling we are all going to have a lot more to worry about than the ACA!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 9, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    The GOP is not in charge.

    It's not:

    * George Bush
    * The Tea Party
    * Republicans
    * Ted Cruz
    * Mitt Romney
    * Rush Limbaugh

    Who is in charge? Who is the commander in chief? Does he know how to work with checks & balances?

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    @SCfan

    That's funny, Conservatives I would think would generally want to avoid comparisons between President Washington and Obama if it would cast the former in a negative light.

    But if you insist...Obama=Washington.

  • Cowboy Joe Encampment, WY
    Oct. 9, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    At SCfan that tells me the GOP can't find a candidate that people like. How could the GOP lose the election of 2012? I believe people would rather elect the devil known rather than the devil unknown. If the GOP
    keeps making people take extreme positions outside the mainstream they will become even more obsolete on the national stage. Look at Mitt Romney he said he believed in man made climate change could you image what the extreme members of the GOP
    would have done if he said that in the primaries. Most people are mainstream either just left if center or right of center.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Blue

    I didn't want to rub it in, so I left it out of my first post, but Obama was the Only President, besides Washington under a different system, to get less votes for his reelection than for his first election. The only one! Now what does THAT say. To me, plenty.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 9, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Who's to blame? Republicans say Obama is because he won't negotiate. When you negotiate you give some and you get some. In order to give something you have to have responsibility for it, so to speak own it. The Republicans want President Obama to give the ACA. What do the Republicans have to offer? One thing and one thing only, the funding of the government. So therefor they must have responsibility for it, or own it. Who's responsible for the shutdown of the government, the Republicans. By asking for negotiations and offering to fund the government they admit they own the shutdown, not the Democrats not the President, the Republicans.

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    It seems like the low information voters on the right are going to see Hillary win in 2016. I can't wait!!

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Hillary's lickin her chops! Things lookin real good for 2016 2020! As we speak, she and Bill are probably out shopping for new trappings for the west wing. Thanks to the Tea bunch, life is good for the left leaners!

  • paintandestroy Richmond/Cache, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    nothing suprising about this headline

  • Love skiing Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    WilliamLee- Way to go. Most of the voters here in Utah should be ashamed of themselves. They keep voting for the same career politicians over and over and expect a different result. Anyone who voted for any of our representative more than once, have no say. Wake up Utahns.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Alternative headline for this article:

    "Poll: The Whole Federal Government Sucks, Regardless of Claimed Political Views"

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    @Viva la Migra
    "I'm sure the "unbiased" news sources like AP have nothing to do with the poll."

    Uh... the poll has Obama at 37% approval and you think it's skewed left? The AP poll has one of the lowest supports for Obama in any recent poll. Todays' Rasmussen (Republican leaning) poll has Obama approval at 50-49. The Real Clear Politics average of recent polls has it at 44.5-50.0, that's probably around where it actually is.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    SCFan, Obama's reelection margin in 2012 was bigger than Bush's in 2004. So what does that say?

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    I'm sure the "unbiased" news sources like AP have nothing to do with the poll. When I hear stories about Military families being denied benefits (a decision made by Obama) paired with a mention that the "GOP House Gym is still open", I wonder what the reporter is attempting.... They could have just as easily mentioned that Obama's golf course is still open, while for the first time ever during a shutdown, all of the base commissaries are closed.

    It seems our Petulant President is focused on inflicting as much pain as possible on citizens by erecting new fencing around otherwise constantly open monument, forcing private home owners and businesses to shut down because they are located near National Parks, yet no mention by the press about the illegal alien amnesty rally held at the previously shut National Mall yesterday...

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    It's good to see that finally some of Obamas nearly 5 years in office are now beginning to show some effect. 37%. Maybe the "It's Bushs fault" thing is finally wearing off. Time for Obama to call Bill Clinton who will refer him to Dick Morris who will run polls that show what the people want the President to say and do. That's how Clinton kept his poll numbers up.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    The Dems did get more votes in the recent presidential election as a result of fraud in the big cities. The reason for the resistance of Mr.Lee is that we are $100 trillion in debt not $7 trillion. Somehow we have to get this under control before we become another Greece.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    @CPA Howard
    Both chambers of Congress vote on budgets... and more people voted for Democrats in the House than Republicans (the problem is a ton of Republican Governors and state legislators drew maps with districts where Dems would win 80-20 but Republicans would win 60-40 in their districts, that's how in say... Ohio, a state Obama won, you have something like 13:5 Republican:Democratic house members.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    This GOP is not my grandfather's GOP.

    He is rolling in his grave. The likes of Lee and his ilk have given a very deep and long-lasting black eye to this once-proud organization.

    And the payback will be that the nation will very likely elect Hillary as President for the next two terms.

    Way to go, Republicans!
    You have all those guns and you are shooting yourselves in all your feet.
    The once that aren't in your mouths.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Pres. Obama and Harry Reid (representing the democratic party) are solely responsible for the shutdown. They say they are open to compromise only when the deck is stacked in their favor--which defeats the nature of true compromise. How has that worked out pre-shutdown? Oh yeah, they haven't compromised on anything yet which is why we are still talking CRs instead of budgets. So why should Republicans believe them, take them at their hollow words that somehow if they cave in then all of a sudden the dems and the lunatic Reid will play nice after they have all the power and leverage?

    Thank goodness for men like Cruz and Lee who have the guts to stand up and say No! No we are not going to roll over and let you bankrupt our country without a fight.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    It doesn't really matter who get's blamed for the shutdown, but they better stop spending money on government scams before they start things back up.

    Power to the People.

    The government better give us our land back or they will face a whole nation of Revolutionists.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    @Meckofahess

    your opinion is as backwards as your screen name. First off, all parties involved are somewhat to blame. However, look at facts; not media or personal opinions. Fact number one. Democrats, including our dictator president, REFUSE to negotiate. For obama it is his way or the highway. The GOP were greatly infulential in the shutdown but at least they are speaking and attempting negotiations. I thought the government doens't negotiate with terrorists but the GOP is trying and the 'terrorists', dictator and followers, will not negotiate at all. And until they do, good luck America. If the GOP gives in and the Unaffordable Care Act continues unchanged, here comes the next recession if not depression.

  • WilliamLee Ogden, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Where does the blame lie? It lies with every single one of the members of the Senate and every single member of the House and the President. Ultimately it lies with every single American that has supported and elected (over and over again) these career politicians. These career politicians have no clue how to compromise and listen to both sides. They only look out for their better interest. You know that is the truth when they enact specific laws to cover their own agendas and to set themselves above anyone else. Every one of them feels they are entitled to special treatment just because they were elected. That should not be the case. They are a servant to the people and they should remember that. Should there be term limits? By all means, our founding fathers served their time and went back to their previous jobs. No President received a continuing paycheck until after Harry Truman. They lived on their one finances and investments. Washington needs to be cleaned up, and it should start from the top down.

  • Mokie Podunk, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    @churchmemeber & @maxpower: If you really wanna get into the whole gerrymandering debate, both parties do it when they have a majority in a state. Don't just blame the Dems. I mean, if you look at NYC, several of their districts have 2 separate parts, just so they can keep the Dems in office. So don't just blame the GOP.

    Also, just because they got more votes overall, still doesn't mean anything when the House is divide into districts. The GOP won more districts across the country, hence their majority in the House. If the Dems were so popluar across the nation, the states would show that with more Dem control and more gerrymander their way so they would have won more in the House.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Max Power

    Obama got less reelection votes than he got in his first term. Not the Obama support you think it was when millions who voted for him the first time did not vote for him the 2nd time.

  • Mtn Tracker Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Thank you mr obama, for leaving the golf course at andrews AFB open through this crisis. Heaven Forbid we take away your play place the way you've taken ours.

    Want to blame republicans for the shut down? Take a look into who decides what stays open and what is closed. Then take a look at the number of bills that both the senate and the house have passed and sent to the other throughout all this. The house has done 10 times more to end this. The senate hasn't done hardly a thing. Thanks Media for continuing to screw the american people out of the truth!!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Let me say it again; .Senior Admin. Official: 'We Are Winning...It Doesn't Really Matter to Us' When Shutdown Ends. Care to rethink your accusations???

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Duh! The media has been in Obama's pocket since the campaign trail began (and still continues). Of course they're going to blame the Republicans. Would the DesNews or its sister station KSL ever, ever blame Obama for anything? No! They're also a happy surrogate.

    And will the media report that Obama stated yesterday that he refuses to negotiate (which would be received negatively by the public)? Of course not. How can this get resolved with negotiation?

    And when this ends, is there any question that the media will credit Obama?

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Playing the game of "Who gets the Blame" is a great tactic to divide Americans while doing nothing.
    The continual need to "Raise the Debt Limit" is positive proof that our Nat'l Gov't has no fiscal responsibility. Further proof of this is shown by annual "Deficit Spending" and wanting to continue or increase those levels.

    We need to send a clear message to both the Executive and Legislative Branches of our Gov't.
    They need to eliminate this Spending Problem. To put it plainly we need to increase the Limit by $1tn to pay any current debts and reduce the Budget by $1tn so that we can start paying down the principal on the Nat'l Debt. And this needs to occur NOW. Not supposed savings that will happen in 10 or 20 years, but right now in the next 12 months. And it needs to continue until the Nat'l Debt is again below $3tn.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Nonsense.

    What this poll really shows is that the biased news media has successfully misled the American people once again. They have convinced the low information types to believe the liberal propaganda that somehow Republicans passing multiple bills to fund various parts of the government, or even all of it except Obamacare makes it the Republican's fault. They totally ignore or downplay that fact the Democrats Obama and Reid and their cronies have refused to accept the funding passed by the Republican House.

    The shutdown, as well as our imminent economic collapse are the work of the Democrats. Admittedly, Republicans must share some of the blame for the unrestrained spending which is causing it.

    When you offer your teenager an allowance of $20, but they refuse it and demand $100 instead, who should be blamed when the teenager has zero money? (Today, that's a trick question- the answer would be the Republicans.....)

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    To CPA Howard:

    Actually in 2012 the democrats received 1.5 million MORE votes than the Republicans if you total up all of the HOUSE races. It is because of gerrymandering of districts that the Republicans have control of the house.

    So using your logic, more Americans want the ACA than don't.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    A new Rasmussen poll shows that 71% of Republicans want the GOP to continue holding out on Obamacare.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Is it so important to decide who gets the blame? When my kids fight usually both have blame.

    IMO... The Republicans did over-reach with the repeal campaign, but they have backed off and made several smaller proposals since. Democrats haven't moved an inch the whole time (think compromise means just the other side gives). I think if the Senate would even vote on any of the House proposals, or even find ONE THING they could bend on... Republicans would take that opportunity to end it. The Democrats demand of unconditional surrender is preventing progress now.

    Demanding unconditional, complete, and humiliating surrender is often an impediment to compromise (and more for show than for real compromise). It doesn't work when the other side doesn't have to surrender (it only works if you can threaten to drop another nuke on them if they don't surrender).

    Maybe the Debt Ceiling crisis IS that next Nuke the Democrats can threaten to use to bring the Republicans to their knees and submit to unconditional surrender on the budget.

    I want to see who gets credit for ending it. BTW... Obama's approval rating sank to 37% today. Just sayin...

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    i would like to know who this "37"%"are.

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    @CPA Howard

    "The only poll that really matters is the one conducted every two years by the actual voters and not the likely voters. In the last poll conducted (2012) the majority of Americans decided the House of Representatives should control the purse strings and eliminate the affordable health care act by voting for the Republicans."

    =================

    Democrats actually got more votes nation wide than republican in the house. Gerrymandering at its finest. These same people also validated the ACA by re-electing the President who ran on it, and the democrats also gained seats in both houses.

    Not the republican victory you think it was.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    At least SOMEONE will stand and do something about the messes our public and President have created! Thank-you to all you Republicans, tea party people, etc. Now, open the doggone National Parks...the rest of government...stay shut down. That way, you can do no damage to our nation! By the way, message to states...take back our public lands from the monstrosity called Federal Government!

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    The House Republicans continue to pass bills to fund all of the government, except Obamacare which the CBO says we can not afford, and Harry Reid won't even let be brought up in the Senate.

    If the media for one week actually did their job objectively the polls would change dramatically and the Democrats would compromise. So who exactly is responsible for this?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    You want to get the government back operating. Have the blame put on the Democrats for the shutdown instead of the Republicans. As soon as the polls changed to Democrat responsibility, you can bet Obama and Reid would move to end the shutdown. Right now the shutdown is benefiting the Democrats and the longer it helps them, and hurts Republicans, the longer the shutdown will go on.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    The tea party Republicans are driving the country into the ditch. When the economy crashes again (as it will if they fail to extend the debt limit), will the country finally rebel against them? These know-nothing idiots (Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and their cronies in the House) are so vehemently against government that they will PROVE that it doesn't work by demolishing it. A true self-fulfilling prophecy! And they don't care about anyone who gets hurt in the process.

    The ACA was legitimately passed by the House, by the Senate, approved by the President, and approved by the Supreme Court. The President was re-elected, in part as a referendum on the ACA. The Senate remains in Democratic hands, in part a referendum on the ACA. Yet the bullies in the gerrymandered House claim the right to hold the entire country hostage in order to get rid of it. They are so afraid that people will discover it works that they want to nip it in the bud, and they will destroy the country in order to save their skins!

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    I wonder if the sample used in the pol was unbiased. If the group conducting the poll show a bias towards a group then the results will usually favor that group. In past polls conducted by media groups and organizations that favor the democrat view point, the sample population will be weighted towards that group. The only poll that really matters is the one conducted every two years by the actual voters and not the likely voters. In the last poll conducted (2012) the majority of Americans decided the House of Representatives should control the purse strings and eliminate the affordable health care act by voting for the Republicans.

    Some will argue that majority of Americans wanted the affordable health care act by reelecting the President; however that isn't true because congressional districts are based on the population within a specific area.

    The founders of this Country wanted the House of Representative to control the purse strings because they would be more responsive to the will of the people because they are elected every two years.

    If you don't like your current congressional representative show them the door in 2014. Until then remember elections have consequences.

  • che1968 Exton, PA
    Oct. 9, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    The real blame lies with the American Public. We elected these so called "representatives" and they have failed miserably. The accumlated understanding of free market economies for all our congressional delagates could fit on the head of a pin. 1. Live within your means. 2. Save 10% of your income for future unknowns. 3. Everyone works doing something. Even those with diabilities, mental or physical, can contribute. 4. Work ethic must be re-enthroned. 5. Compassion on others is an attribute, not a federal demand. 6. Congressional people ought to be less self absorbed and more constituent educated. 7. NOTHING IS FREE, AND PRINTING MORE MONEY DOESN'T MAKE IT SO. 8. All Americans must come to know and live according to the understanding that the Western Hemisphere is a Land Of Promise, only if we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 9, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    there is only one reason for the shutdown and one solution. Boehner had multiple conversations with Harry Reid early this summer and they negotiated and agreed on a level of CR funding. Harry Reid passed it through the Senate, then Boehner said oh wait I've changed my mind. You need to shut down the ACA also. That's it. That's the sum total of the problem. There is no other problem. The solution, pass a clean CR like Boehner agreed to in the beginning and raise the debt ceiling. Leave the ACA out of this.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    The GOP deservedly should get the blame for this shutdown!. The extremist tea-party republicans are the principle leaders of this shameful strategy. Utah Senator Mike Lee has taken a prominent roll in this disaster. Senator Lee's judgement on this is a black eye on the State of Utah. I am totally embarrassed that we Utahns elected such a radical and extremist right wing politician!. When Utah voters elected Senator Lee, I doubt they expected he would be quite this radical? What a shame that Senator Bob Bennett was forced out by the GOP. He was a much more sensible and wise representative from Utah. He would never have supported this shutdown the way Mike Lee has. Come next election, let us remember this shameful stance Sentator Lee has taken and elect a more moderate and reasonable representative from this great State. Utah and the nation deserves better!