LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Monday marks day seven of the partial federal government shutdown, and if the polling data is correct, the Congressional Republicans are getting the blame for that, but not by much.
"In my opinion, really the Republicans have been the ones dragging their feet and have made this look like a middle school cafeteria food fight," said Kelly Rossman, with Truscott-Rossman.
According to the Huffington Post, this is how people are playing the blame game.
(1) 36% Blame GOP
(2) 33% Blame Dems
(3) 25% Blame Both
The House GOP strategy to shutdown the government in an attempt to kill the president's health care act is not working, according to Mid-Michigan Congressperson Mike Rogers who says, the party should pick battles it can win.
But others, like Congressman Tim Walberg, are blaming the democrats.
GOP Pollster Tom Shileds agrees that Republicans are getting the blame now, but as this drags on, he thinks both sides will take the blame. "I think the Republicans are initially getting the blame. They're negotiating with themselves. Their issue isn't clear as to why they're holding this up. Obama on the other hand, has his message very clear.
"I think most people are moving toward the position of blaming both of them," said Shields.
When people were asked which party is not doing enough to compromise, they answered as follows:
(3) 80% Shutdown Wrong Strategy
"It is a bad idea. It irrates people and it doesn't mater to them what the issue is. They're angry and it gives them an opportunity to assert that anger," said Rossman.
Governor Rick Snyder was asked to wade into the political blame game aimed at both parties and if they're playing politics. He said, "I think that would be a reasonable summary in terms of not solving problems."
"I don't critize people. I don't like fighting with people. I like to solve problems," said Snyder on whether to blame the Tea Party.
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