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November 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Poll: Voters blame GOP more than Dems for government shutdown

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Moore Information survey of Washington state voters

A new poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, found that more Washington voters blame Republicans for the federal government shutdown than President Obama or Democrats in Congress.

The survey of 500 likely voters, taken Oct. 23-24, found that 43 percent blame Republicans, while 31 percent blame President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Another 19 percent said both parties are at fault. The remaining 7 percent blamed neither party or have no opinion.

The poll also found that most voters, 53 percent, disagree with the position the Tea Party took in the shutdown negotiations, while just 26 percent agreed. Another 21 percent said they had no opinion.

According to the survey, 42 percent strongly disagreed with the Tea Party, while only 15 percent “strongly” agreed. Even among Republicans there wasn’t majority support for the Tea Party position, according to the poll. Moore’s report said “the fact that the Tea Party does not garner majority support on the shutdown even among Republicans is a something of a wake-up call for the Tea Party and is indicative of a bigger problem for that group among the electorate as a whole.

The poll had a plus or minus 4 percent margin of error. Moore Information has many GOP clients, including the Washington state Republican Party.

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