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.
The recent events in Washington still have not turned poll respondents off from the established political parties. Most said they probably would not support an independent candidate for president in 1996.
President Clinton's chances of being re-elected do not appear to have been hurt much by the budget fray. In the last CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll (Nov. 6-8), Clinton was leading Dole by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. He has a lead of 8 points in the new poll.
Democrats in Congress apparently have not lost favor among voters. In the last poll, most voters said they would still vote for the Democrats in the 1996 elections. Democrats led the Republicans 49 percent to 43 percent. Republicans gained just one point in the latest poll.
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