Poll: Plurality of N.H. voters blame congressional Republicans for shutdown
A plurality of New Hampshire voters blame congressional Republicans for the 15-day-old shutdown of the federal government, according to a poll released today.
The survey by New England College, taken Oct. 7-9 with a 3 percent margin of error, found 49 percent of registered voters say Republicans in Congress “bear the greatest responsibility” for the shutdown. President Obama was blamed by 30 percent, congressional Democrats were blamed by 4 percent and 16 percent said everyone was equally to blame.
That tracks with the national trend — a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll last week found 53 percent blamed Republicans for the shutdown compared with 31 percent who blamed Obama.
“The NEC poll shows voters lay blame at the feet of Republicans. As we transition into an election year, there has yet to be any sign of a Republican wave of support for the mid-terms,” said Ben Tafoya, the poll’s director, in a news release.
The NEC poll also tested support among New Hampshire voters for:
∎ Obamacare: 58 percent said they strongly or somewhat support it, versus 38 percent who strongly or somewhat oppose it.
∎ Obama himself: 55 percent said they approve of the job he’s doing, versus 42 percent who disapprove.
∎ U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: 56 approve of the job she’s doing, versus 33 percent who disapprove.
∎ Gov. Maggie Hassan: 58 percent approve of the job she’s doing, versus 25 percent who disapprove.
∎ The tea party: 40 percent approve of the political movement, versus 49 percent who disapprove.
(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or email@example.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)