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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.

Shutdown - problem?

When asked if they personally view the government shutdown as a crisis, as a major problem, as a minor problem, or not a problem at all, a majority of respondents said it was a major or minor problem.

Shutdown blame

Overall, Americans blame the Republican leaders in Congress more for the recent shutdown of the federal government, not President Clinton.

Shutdown reason

The poll respondents were asked whether they thought the budget debate between Bill Clinton and the Republicans in Congress is an important battle over principles and the future direction of government, or is mostly an attempt by both sides to gain political advantage before the 1996 election. More than half believe politics is behind the budget battle.

More important

Despite claims by Republicans that Americans overwhelmingly support seeking a balanced budget, this latest poll shows more people believe it is more important to protect the Medicare system from major changes.


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