While support for the border wall has swelled 8 percentage points in a year, according to the latest The Washington Post/ABC News poll, a majority of Americans place the government shutdown blame on President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, The Washington Post reported.
Up from roughly one-third of Americans, 42 percent now support a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, so President Trump's message is resonating, even if it has come with the blame for the record-long shutdown of government appropriations.
Shutdown blame has generally fallen on Republicans, as the same numbers from the 2013 shutdown under former President Barack Obama blame the GOP as today:
- President Trump and Republicans – 53 percent.
- Democrats – 29 percent.
- Both equally – 13 percent.
The blame comes across partisan lines, too, as 85 percent of Democrats blame President Trump and the Republicans, while 68 percent of Republicans blame Democrats for the latest shutdown. Independents largely blame Republicans (53 percent) over Democrats (23 percent).
As for opposition of the border barrier, though, that, too, is declining. A majority (54 percent) still oppose the wall, but that figure is 9 percentage points lower than a year ago (63 percent).
Among the 54 percent opposed, 27 percent support Democrats' continued resistance to President Trump and the GOP, while 23 percent support a compromise. Among the 42 percent supporting the border wall, 24 percent say President Trump and the GOP should stand strong in their demands, while just 16 percent support a compromise.
The poll was conducted Jan. 8-11 among 788 Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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