Republicans Blocked Stopgap Bill But More Voters Would Blame Dems for Shutdown: Poll

Senate Republicans blocked a stopgap bill that would have temporarily raised the debt ceiling on Monday but a new poll indicates that more voters would blame the Democratic Party if a shutdown occurred.

The poll, conducted by Politico/Morning Consult, surveyed 1,999 registered voters from September 24 to 27. When asked what party or both parties equally respondents would blame if there was a government shutdown, 32 percent selected the Democratic Party and 36 percent chose both parties. Only 24 percent of voters said they would blame the Republican Party.

If there was a U.S. government shutdown, would you tend to blame the Democratic Party more, the Republican Party more, or both parties equally?

Democratic Party 32%
Republican Party 24%
Both parties equally 36%

.@MorningConsult/@politico, 1,999 RV, 9/24-27

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) September 27, 2021

Respondents were also asked which or both parties they would tend to blame if the U.S. were to default on the national debt. Around 31 percent of voters selected the Democratic Party while 20 percent chose the Republican Party. Thirty-nine percent said both parties should be blamed equally.

The poll was released the same day the stopgap bill failed to move forward in the Senate after passing in the Democrat-controlled House last week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP was not in favor of a shutdown but opposed raising the debt ceiling, which is the legal limit on how much outstanding debt the federal government can hold, and would support a funding bill without the provision.

"Let me make it abundantly clear one more time: We will support a clean continuing resolution that will prevent a government shutdown," McConnell said on Monday, according. "We will not provide Republican votes for raising the debt limit."

In response to the results, one Twitter user, @TulsaRazorback, blamed a "lack of clear messaging from Dems."

Another user, Jordan Howard, replied that the results were unbelievable given that "the leader of one of those parties just announced that they literally won't vote to avoid a shutdown or a default on the national debt, yet the general public is stuck in this alternate universe of total incoherency and fantasy."

Speaker Pelosi Delivers Remarks Outside Capitol Building
A September 2021 Politico/Morning Consult poll indicates that more voters would blame the Democratic Party over Republicans if a government shutdown occurred. Above, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks as other House Democrats listen during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol on March 3, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Although more voters would still blame Democrats, the figures are actually a decrease from a similar poll conducted by the same group between September 18 to 20, prior to the stopgap bill's initial passage.

When that cohort was asked who they'd blame if the nation's debt was defaulted on, 33 percent said Democrats and 42 percent said both parties. Republicans acquired 16 percent of the vote with 9 percent saying they didn't know or had no opinion.

Before the bill was voted on in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement.

"Addressing the debt limit is about meeting obligations the government has already made, like the bipartisan emergency COVID relief legislation from December as well as vital payments to Social Security recipients and our veterans," they wrote. "Furthermore, as the Administration warned last week, a reckless Republican-forced default could plunge the country into a recession."

While President Joe Biden and Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans in Congress have promised to block their attempts.

Under President Donald Trump, the GOP voted to extend the borrowing limit three times with support from Democrats.

With the blockage of the stopgap bill, which failed to receive the required 60 votes, Congress has just days to avoid a shutdown as the current funding is set to expire Midnight on Thursday.

If both parties are unable to reach an agreement, the debt ceiling will be breached, likely in mid-October, and could lead to a recession.