Good News For The Wall, Bad News For Trump In New WaPo, CNN Polls On Shutdown

Hot Air | 1/13/2019 | Staff
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Let’s accentuate the positive and start with the good. According to WaPo, support for the wall is up since last year. It’s still a minority proposition but as you refine the question to focus on registered voters instead of American adults generally, it’s practically a coin flip:

Support for a border barrier is building. Not only that, wall supporters are more dug in on the current standoff than wall opponents are.

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Overall, Democrats appear somewhat more conciliatory than Republicans. The poll finds that 42 percent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 percent say they should compromise with Trump. Among Republicans, 58 percent both support the wall and say Trump should continue to demand funding, compared with 22 percent who say he should compromise to end the shutdown.

Across all parties, 23 percent of wall opponents want Democrats to compromise versus just 16 percent of wall supporters who want Trump to compromise. Can Pelosi and Schumer continue to boycott talks given that tilt?

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Now the bad. Although WaPo sees support for the wall increasing, CNN finds support flat at 39/56, practically the same as in December and almost unchanged from late 2016. And both polls find Trump taking most of the blame for the shutdown from the public. CNN:

The public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats. Another 9% say both are responsible. Democrats are more unified in their blame for the President (89% blame Trump) than are the Republican rank-and-file in blaming the Democrats (65% of Republicans blame the Democrats in Congress, 23% blame Trump). Independents are more apt to blame Trump (48% to...
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