Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Republicans want the federal government to remain shut down until president Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion to fund his border wall with Mexico, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
The national poll from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7 also found that 51 percent of adults believe Trump “deserves most of the blame” for the shutdown, which enters its 20th day today (Thursday). This percentage is up 4 percentage points from a similar poll that ran from Dec. 21 to 25.
Another 32 percent of respondents blame congressional Democrats for the shutdown while 7 percent blame congressional Republicans, according to the poll. Those percentages are mainly unchanged from the previous poll.
Trump has promised to keep the government shuttered until Congress approves funding for an expanded wall along the border with Mexico. Democrats who control the House say there is no way they will agree to fund a wall Trump has always said Mexico will pay for.
As was expected, Republicans strongly support Trump’s desire that American taxpayers pay for his border wall. A large 54 percent said they support Trump shutting down the government until Congress approves funding for the wall. A further 77 percent of Republicans said they want additional border fencing.
More than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay because of Trump’s shut down, and many will miss paychecks for the first time on Friday.
Democratic leaders in Congress have refused to approve funding for additional border fencing, saying it is an ineffective and immoral way to secure the border.
Public support for a border wall has shifted significantly over the past few years. The poll found that 41 percent of the public supports building additional border fencing, down 12 points from a similar poll that ran in the first week of 2015.
It also found that only 35 percent of adults in the United States support a congressional spending bill that includes funding for the wall, while 25 percent support Trump’s decision to keep the government closed until Congress approves funding for the wall.
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