Per: The Hill
President Trump’s disapproval rating has increased since the beginning of the ongoing government shutdown, according to a new poll. A CNN poll published Sunday found that Trump’s disapproval rating is at 57 percent, up 5 points from December. The ongoing partial government shutdown began Dec. 22.
The poll also found that his approval rating is at 37 percent, roughly the same it was last month. Respondents also indicated that a majority of the public blames Trump for the shutdown, rather than Democrats. According to the poll, 55 percent of respondents said Trump is to blame for the shutdown and 32 percent said Democrats are mostly to blame. Another 9 percent of respondents said both sides are to blame. The poll’s results are based on interviews with a random sample of 848 adults on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. The poll has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.
The ongoing shutdown was prompted because Trump refused to sign a bill to fund the government that didn’t include at least $5 billion for a wall along the southern border.
Prior to the start of the shutdown, Trump said in a nationally televised Oval Office meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “proud to shut down the government for border security.” He also said that he wouldn’t blame Democrats for the shutdown. But Trump has since worked to shift blame to the Democrats, calling on them to vote to approve funding for the wall.