Raleigh, N.C. – While Congress is dealing with historically low approval ratings, American’s opinion of President Obama has remained consistent. Our latest poll shows the President’s approval at 45/52 – almost identical to his 45/51 numbers before the shutdown in our last national poll.
Much of President Obama’s sustained support comes from the fact that Americans are blaming Congress for the shutdown instead of the President. 53% of registered voters blame Congress, while only 43% blame Obama. Partisan lines remain strong, 72% of those who identify as Republican blame Obama compared to only 16% of Democrats.