As the partial US government shutdown over the funding for the US-Mexico border reaches its 24th day, and it’s no sign for reopening, uncertainty looms large.
It is the longest US government shutdown in the history of the US. Democrats are unlikely to cave on Trump’s border wall funding while Trump blames democrats who are extending the shutdown as “Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes. At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!” tweeted the President.
At this point, who do people of US say is responsible for the closure?
A majority of Americans say the president bears more blame for the shutdown than congressional Democrats, according to three polls released Monday and Sunday. The sentiment reduces the political incentive for the party to agree to Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion to fund the barrier.
A majority, or 56 percent, of voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University consider Trump responsible, while 36 percent say Democrats are to blame. Fifty-five percent of respondents to a CNN poll released Sunday said Trump is more responsible for the closure, while 32 percent blamed Democrats in Congress and 9 percent put the responsibility on both. In a separate Washington Post/ABC News survey, 53 percent answered that Trump is mainly responsible for the shutdown, 29 percent said Democrats were to blame and 13 percent responded that both shared responsibility.
On Monday, the president claimed he has “the absolute legal right” to declare an emergency but said he is “not looking to do that” because it is “too simple.”
About two-thirds, or 65 percent, of voters oppose the president using emergency powers to fund the wall.