Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that although the GOP might get lots of the blame for the government shut down, it is President Obama’s failure because he’s the boss presiding over it.
"Americans are disgusted, and we are united at least in that sentiment. Less than one in five feel the country is on the right track. That is as low as it was when George W. Bush left the presidency amid crisis. Only 5 percent approve of the Congress' job.
“But this crisis is a manufactured one few Americans want it, and both sides in D.C. have dug in and won't relent. Understand, it is my view that the GOP is burying itself. Demographics are against them and they are not winning hearts and minds.
“But this is an Obama report card and he is presiding over a government shutdown. Period."
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Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.