PPP's newest national survey finds that Americans continue to lean toward voting Democratic for the House next year, as they pin most of the blame for the government shutdown on Republicans.
Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 46/41, including a 42/33 lead with independents. Independents have shifted 21 points on the generic ballot from July when Republicans had a 39/27 advantage with them. The lean toward Democrats for next year reflects who they blame for the shutdown. By a 51/37 margin they say Republicans are more at fault than Democrats, and by a 57/41 margin they think Congress is more to blame than the President.
Congressional Democrats have a 39/56 approval rating, virtually identical to 39/57 a week ago. Congressional Republicans have actually seen their approval improve since the shutdown though from 23/69 to 29/65. The improvement has mostly come because of the GOP base embracing the shutdown and thus increasing in their approval of the Congressional GOP- they've gone from a 45/46 approval with Republican voters up to 52/39.
Other notes on the shutdown fallout:
-Republican voters nationally would like to replace John Boehner as Speaker with Ted Cruz, by a 40/37 margin. Democrats (29/18) and independents (34/31) jump to Boehner's defense on the question and give him a 33/30 advantage overall.
-89% of voters nationally think members of Congress should not get paid during the shutdown, to only 8% who think they should continue to receive their salaries. 93% of independents, 91% of Republicans, and 84% of Democrats think there should be no pay during the shutdown.
-Overall 62% of Americans don't have a preference between 'Obamacare' and the 'Affordable Care Act.' Among those who do voters are pretty split with 14% preferring Obamacare and 13% the Affordable Care Act. There's a partisan divide on the issue though- Democrats go for Obamacare 29/9, while Republicans take the Affordable Care Act 22/6.
Full results here