Utah voters blame Trump the most for shutdown, but congressional Democrats a close second

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  • drich Green River, Utah
    Jan. 22, 2019 10:16 a.m.

    Those who blame the president have their head in the sand.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 21, 2019 2:46 p.m.

    I too blame Trump for the shutdown, so what? .......More importantly I blame Democrats 100% for not keeping us safe!

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 4:39 p.m.

    "Obama, Hillary (when she was a senator) and Schumer all said that a wall was needed and voted funding for it 10 or so years ago."

    Here is what I know. In 2006, the number of illegals attempting to enter the country per year was more than 1 million. The number of illegals actually in the US grew year over year for multiple decades.

    Obama, Hillary and Schumer all supported a 700 mile wall because the data supported a 700 mile wall.

    The data no longer supports building a wall. It simply doesn't.

    The number of illegals attempting to enter the country has dropped by 80%. The number of illegals actually in the country is less than it was in 2007, and has not grown in more than a decade.

    A wall was necessary then. Congress supported it because the data supported it.

    A wall is not needed now.

    Spend the money deporting the 11 million already here. Enforce current laws. Hire more judges, lawyers and border patrol to deal with the current backlog. Go after employers who hire illegals.

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 3:03 a.m.

    The commentators are wrong as well. The legislators butting heads against the presidents dream to make america great again gives the American people the right to be ruled and governed as the Constitution gives us. The legislators are doing this government shut-down to get back at Trump to fight and destroy the American people prevent from freedom and independence and make our own choices. The democrats are fighting the American people rights and liberties. The democrats hate the american dream and all that it stands for but they have been in control with illegal powers with political forces preventing us from having our freedoms and liberties. Democrats and Republican party's controlled us by fear and discrimination and socialistic laws. Incremental little bits of pittances handouts to prove they were in control to steal our liberties and rights and choices.

    Trump has destroyed this powerful conglomerate of government foreign agents and spy's trying to take our country from us so support Trump, believe in America not minorities grievances or hate. America united is America strong and legislators are fearing their loss of power over our lives and money and rights.

  • kmike las vegas, NV
    Jan. 19, 2019 2:22 a.m.

    Let's not forget that President Trump Promised that Mexico would pay for the Wall.

    He lied.

    He was ready to sign the bill the Senate passed to keep the Government a float.

    Then a couple of Commentators on Fox News were critical of the President that he was not keeping his campaign promise.

    He then said on National TV that he would be responsible for shutting down the Government and he would not blame the Democrats.

    He lied.

    The Wall has estimates as high as 70 Billion. But the President "only" wants 5 Billion.

    What could be done with 5 Billion dollars?

    Many things could be Fixed, the Water problems in Flint comes to mind, helping Puerto Rico recover etc.

    The Wall will not even slow down the flow of Drugs coming into this Country.

    Illegal Imagration is at it's lowest point in years.

    Then why the Wall?

    Speaker Pelosi is standing up to the President, this could be the first time in his life that somebody told him NO.

    Sen McConnell could hold a vote on the House bill, and it is projected that it would be veto proof, and it would open the Government.

    So Mr Trump this shut down is on you, and letting it continue is on Sen McConnell.

  • Grammy3 Riverton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 12:46 a.m.

    I voted for Trump because after all of these years I wanted to see the Border safe and that those coming across illegal would be sent back and come into the United States the same way as my Grandfather came into this country. The right way. My husband and I use to live near San Diego several years ago. It was frightening to drive at night on the Freeway as we got closer to home. The reason was we had to be careful and not hit an illegal crossing the freeway trying to get into this country without getting caught. Many years we have been hearing from other Presidents that they wanted to fix things at the Border well none of them did. Then President Trump is elected and he is trying so hard to make this country safer yet those who can not stand him and want to see him fail do not care about our Country being safer. They just care about Trump failing. To me this is totally wrong. Here is a man trying to do what he promised yet because he is not a normal politician and yes he drives me nuts with some of the things that he does. But to me he is the first President that I can ever remember who has kept a lot of the promises that he made when he was running.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 9:41 p.m.

    Anonymous100 - Anywhere, UT
    "Trump is willing to negotiate, the Democrats have not been. Time for the Democrats to come to the bargaining table so the government can be reopened. It cannot be their way or no way all the time, nor should it be."

    Talk about highly speculative and uninformed...Trump is the one that walked out and refused to "talk." It was his way or the highway.

    Obama10 - SYRACUSE, UT
    We all know that Pelosi and Schummer are just playing politicts and don't want to give him the win on a campaign promise. They are more interested in 2020 and having an issue. God Bless President Trump.

    Speculative and off-topic-disruptive.

    How do you know what anyone has planned for 2020. Trump is the only one that has said he will run again, but there's that pesky investigation and evidence about him...

    Trump's campaign promise as you called it was for the people with little if any critical thinking skills. You've heard about the tunnels, the majority coming in by plane, etc?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    " the Democratic - controlled House has yet to pass an appropriations bill. "

    That's false. They've sent one to the Senate where McConnell has done nothing because he doesn't want to make Trump have to veto it.

  • Anonymous100 Anywhere, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    Here is what I know:

    Obama, Hillary (when she was a senator) and Schumer all said that a wall was needed and voted funding for it 10 or so years ago. Now Schumer, Hillary and Pelosi are against it. Were they lying then or now?

    The Border Patrol, those on the front lines, says there is a need for a wall.

    Any reasonable person can plainly see that we need better border security on our southern border.

    This issue has been talked about for decades, but no one has done anything about it, until now. Trump is willing to negotiate, the Democrats have not been. Time for the Democrats to come to the bargaining table so the government can be reopened. It cannot be their way or no way all the time, nor should it be.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 12:34 p.m.

    The day Pelosi chooses to protect US citizens over illegal immigrants and gang cartel criminals the government shutdown will end. Of corse if she can convince President Trump to abandon US citizens it will end as well.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 18, 2019 12:04 p.m.

    No job is safe and secure. Always have an emergency plan!

    If a wall saves one life, prevents one youngster from being kidnapped and sold into slavery, or keeps one person from drug addiction,--than its well worth the few jobs which were temporarily lost.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    trump told Americans he would accept responsibility for the shutdown.

    trump campaigned endlessly on the premise that Mexico would pay for his wall.

    Yet Republicans blame members of the Democratic Party for the shutdown as well as refusing to pay for trumps wall.

    Cognitive dissonance on parade.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Jan. 17, 2019 7:18 p.m.

    @Obama 10 wrote,

    "Pelosi and Schummer are just playing politicts [sic] and don't want to give him the win on a campaign promise. "

    I am a bleeding heart liberal. And I would LOVE to get Trump to fulfill his campaign promise.

    It was "to have a 30' concrete wall"

    And to "make Mexico pay for it".

  • Lets check the facts Santa Fe, NM
    Jan. 17, 2019 5:42 p.m.

    I blame:
    1. Voters that voted in democratic house.
    2. Former republican house that didn’t pass the budget last year.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 5:39 p.m.

    They didn't poll me. But, my views?

    The blame is equal on every single person in the United States House of Representatives (where budget bills are constitutionally required to originate); the United States Senate (that must concur with the budget bills); and the United States President (which must sign into law the budget bills).

    Considering no one is willing to be an adult in the room and actually negotiate and set down a proper budget for spending; the blame lies with every single person there. Our government has failed! And I blame them all!

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2019 5:15 p.m.


    Everyone has committed to additional border security, including Democrats in the House. Dem/House proposals include ample money for border security, and agreements were made. Trump back-pedaled in a temper tantrum and has again demanded an enormously expensive symbol - a wall. Democrats and plenty of Rebublicans, too, are only saying that Trump’s wall is a foolish way to enhance border security.

  • rickbreneman Paducah, KY
    Jan. 17, 2019 4:47 p.m.

    1covey, UtahBruin - Amen!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 p.m.

    Trump loves to put his name on things. He announced, on live TV, that this is "His Shutdown". One, he's "proud to own". Case closed.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 3:39 p.m.

    Utah's opinion on blame for the shutdown (per the Dan Jones poll) is in distinct contrast with nationwide assessment of blame (the Dan Jones numbers aren't surprising, given Utah's red state leanings). From a variety of polls, 50-55% blame Trump vs. 29-34% who blame congressional Democrats.

    Marist/PBS NewsHour Poll: 54% blame Trump; 31% blame congressional Democrats
    Reuters/Ipsos Poll: 51% blame Trump; 34% blame congressional Democrats
    CNN Poll: 55% blame Trump; 32% blame congressional Democrats
    WaPo/ABC News Poll: 53% blame Trump; 29% blame congressional Democrats

    Interestingly, all of the polls show blame of the congressional Republicans for the shutdown at around 5-6%, which is surprising to me, considering Mitch McConnell's role in this.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 3:37 p.m.

    While President Trump threatens to not sign/veto a bill not containing provision for southern border security including, among other things, walls in strategic locations, the Democratic - controlled House has yet to pass an appropriations bill. Trump has not had the chance to carry out his threat. That means the House is not moving forward on their responsibility. Right now, they have the ball. It's their play; but refuse to play. Talk is not playing.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 3:31 p.m.

    I give "credit" to President Trump for finally standing up and taking a stand and holding his ground. Many Presidents and Politicians before him have promised to increase border security yet he is the only President who will stand his ground and not cower when times get tough. This is the issue that got him elected and he will follow through. We all know that Pelosi and Schummer are just playing politicts and don't want to give him the win on a campaign promise. They are more interested in 2020 and having an issue. The money is miniscule in the percentage of the total federal budget and both Pelosi and Schummer have voted for more money and a wall in the past. President Obama and Clinton both stated they would end illegal immigration but only one President has the backbone. God Bless President Trump.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 3:22 p.m.

    Generally when a red state poll points blame tilted towards Trump... that's a sign that maybe people believed him in that meeting with Pelosi and Schumer when he said he'd shut it down.

    Also, the average non-partisan person paying attention would attribute blame for a shutdown to whoever is refusing to pass/sign a continuing resolution, which in this shutdown is Trump/McConnell.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 2:09 p.m.

    There is none of the 'both sides' equivalency to be made here. It's the trump shutdown. The one he is proud to own (roll the tape...). If you want to throw someone else under the bus, where's Mitch McConnell? He should be appearing on the side of milk cartons by now.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:48 p.m.

    Seems like McConnell should be one who is also responsible as he refuses to do anything on legislation that the President won't approve.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:52 p.m.

    Trump said he "was proud to own this shutdown" right before he blamed others.

    Mitch won't allow a vote.

    The Dem's made a deal, then Trump reneged after his peers on the radio made fun of him, like adults do?

    The GOP also had 2 years to do something but chose instead to give tax breaks to the wealthy (including Donald) and corporations. Then suddenly weeks before the election it became a crisis, then no crisis, now a crisis again.

    Nope this is on the GOP and their inability to govern, tax breaks and spending increases seem to be the only things they can do.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:51 p.m.

    I am afraid that this poll confirm the suspicion that I have had for years: Many Utahns are not very well informed or choose to deny certain facts.
    1. President Trump is using extortion to get his wall.
    2. Nancy Pelosi is the mature mother trying to teach her son that she doesn't accept ultimatums from an immature child.
    3. Before the Shutdown Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement with Mr. Trump. He changed his mind when some Radio personalities from the right criticized him.
    4. If Republicans and Democrats pass the pre- shutdown agreement. It would be a "veto proof" majority.
    5. Republicans in Congress don't want to antagonize Mr. Trump.

    If my facts are correct, they would indicate that:
    First Place Blame should go to President Trump for attempting to bully his way in Congress.
    Second Place Blame should go to the Republicans that can pass a bill with the help Democrats but the GOP leadership doesn't dare to oppose Mr. Trump.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:40 p.m.

    I blame all politicians for all the trouble in our country, both left and Right. But I don't blame Trump for standing his ground on the security of out country. That is truly what the wall is, it is not a wall. It is the security of our country. And before anyone wants to spout off about how his stats are wrong. Maybe they are. But the stats given by the Border Patrol Agent of over 100+ people captured from other countries, other than South American countries is 100% fact. Along with his numbers of how many drug traffickers they stopped. Don't care if the majority somehow gets through check points/legal points of entry. They are stopping what is trying other means as well. The left can't argue it. It's fact, and the wall should be funded. So I blame the left on this one. 100%

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:26 p.m.

    These polls crack me up. How can they make such bold statements.
    Don't know anybody that has every been contacted by one of these "polls".
    Both Reps and dems are to blame equally.