November 15, 1995
Web posted at: 11:10 a.m. EST
While Americans have shifted toward the Republicans in the question of who has the best approach toward dealing with the budget deficit, more blame the GOP than Democrats for the bringing about the partial government shutdown this week, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. The poll sampled the opinions of 652 adult Americans on Tuesday. Sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
When it comes to dealing with the tough choices involved in cutting programs to reduce the federal budget deficit while maintaining needed federal programs, poll respondents chose the Democrats over the Republicans, the opposite results from a poll in July.
When asked whether they approve or disapprove of the way President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich have handled the budget negotiations in Washington over the past few days, the poll respondents favored the president's behavior more than his opponents in Congress.
Americans apparently are very unhappy about what they've seen in Washington over the past few days. Nearly two-thirds of those asked said they are angry about the budget confrontation between the Clinton administration and Congress.
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