WASHINGTON — The standoff over the government shutdown continues to damage the public’s opinion of congressional Republicans, two new surveys indicate, a finding likely to deepen concern among GOP leaders about the impact the stalemate is having on their party.
A third newly released survey shows that overall approval of Congress has fallen to nearly a record low.
Disapproval of the way congressional Republicans are “handling negotiations over the federal budget” has jumped to 70 percent, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows. The poll, taken Wednesday through Sunday, found 24 percent approving of the congressional GOP.
The ratings have worsened significantly over the past week. A Post-ABC poll taken just before the shutdown began showed 63 percent of Americans disapproving of the GOP position.
The reverse is true for President Barack Obama. While approval of his handling of the budget negotiations remains tepid, it has improved since last week, the poll showed. In the most recent survey, Americans narrowly disapproved of Obama’s performance on the budget negotiations, 51 percent to 45 percent. That marked a small improvement from the previous week’s 50 percent to 41 percent.
Many senior Republican leaders warned before the standoff began that it would likely hurt their party with voters, and those concerns have only deepened since government agencies began to close last week. The latest polls likely will reinforce those worries.
But while the public as a whole may not like the stalemate in Washington, representatives on both sides are largely following the desires of their constituents, a Pew Research Center survey indicates.