With a large margin, more Americans blame the presidential trump and Republican in Congress than Congress Democrats for the now record breaking government stuffing, and most reject the president's assertion that there is an illegal immigration crisis on the southern border, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Support for building a wall On the border, which is the most important point in the stalemate between the president and the democrats, it has increased over the past year. Today, 42 percent say they support a wall, up from 34 percent in January. A small majority of Americans (54 percent) oppose the idea, down from 63 percent a year ago.
Support in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose support for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points over the past year, from 71 percent to 87 percent. Not only has GOP support increased, it has also hardened. Today, 70 percent of Republicans say they strongly support the wall, an increase of 12 points since January 2018.
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As for the distribution of the debt, 53 percent say that Trump and the Republicans are mainly guilty, and 29 percent blame the Democrats in Congress. Thirteen percent say that both sides bear equal responsibility for the suspension. It is identical to the end of 16-day suspension in 2013, when 29 percent blamed then-President Barack Obama and 53 percent put responsibility for Congress Republicans.
A predictable partisan division forms the gambling game, with 85 percent of Democrats quoting Trump and Republicans as the cause, and 68 percent of Republicans point the finger at Congress Democrats. Independent debt to the president and his party rather than to the Democrats, with 53 percent to 23 percent. Women blame Trump and Republicans with a margin of 35 points and men blame the president and GOP with 13 points.
The deep party division over who bears responsibility for partial shutdown and over the wall itself has probably contributed to the length of the standoff. Neither the president nor the democratic congress leaders have shown any willingness to compromise. Republicans in Congress continue to show support for Trump's positions.
Last week, the talks broke during a controversial meeting at the White House, where Trump walked out when told by President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) That she would continue to oppose the wall in border security negotiations, even if the government resumed. During this weekend, there is still no clear way forward to finish the shutdown.
At this time, most Americans say they do not feel the effects of the shutdown. 18 percent say they have become uncomfortable, including 7 percent who say it has been a major problem.
If the suspension continues for several months, as the president threatened, 38 percent of Americans say they would consider a crisis, 41 percent say it would be a serious problem but not a crisis, and 18 percent say it wouldn't be a serious problem.
Partisan differences also form the choices that lie ahead. Of the 54 percent of Americans opposed to the wall, 27 percent say Democrats should continue to resist Trump's $ 5.7 billion claim for an obstacle and 23 percent say Democrats would compromise with the president.
Of the 42 percent who support the wall, 24 percent say Trump should continue to demand the funding he has asked for, and 16 percent say he should come to an agreement with the Democrats.
Overall, Democrats see something more reconciling than Republicans. The survey notes that 42 percent of Democrats who oppose the wall say Congress Democrats should refuse to count, even if it prolongs the suspension. 37 percent say they should compromise on Trump. Among Republicans, 58 percent support both the wall and say that Trump should continue to demand funding compared to 22 percent who say he should compromise to end the suspension.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to explain a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the beginning of the construction of a wall, but on Friday he returned from his previous aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a rose now.
The president is facing a great opposition from the public if he should. With more than 2-1 (66 percent to 31 percent), the Americans say they oppose an emergency building a border road. The survey found that 51 per cent say that they strongly oppose such a declaration. However, two-thirds of Republicans would support the President's decision to use those powers.
Trump claims in his national television address that he has a humanitarian security crisis on the border because of illegal immigration. Nearly half of all Americans (47 percent) say there is a serious problem at the border, but refuse to call it a crisis. Nearly half of all Republicans (49 percent) say that the situation at the border is a crisis and 43 percent say it is serious but not a crisis. Among the Democrats, only 7 percent say the situation is a crisis and 52 percent say the conditions are serious. About a fifth of independence is in agreement with Trump's characterization, and about half say things are serious but not a crisis.
The survey after ABC was carried out January 8-11 among a random national selection of 788 Americans reaching on cellular and landline phones. The total result has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
Emily Guskin contributed to this report.