By Justin Sink
"But the difference this time is that President Obama seems much less likely to win the blame game if a shutdown occurs," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland in a statement. "In 2011, nearly half were ready to blame the GOP if a shutdown occurred, compared to only a third who would have blamed Obama."
Still, President Obama remains more personally popular than Republican leaders. Just a third of Americans approve of House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerMcConnell: Changes coming to ObamaCare next year Webster wins primary in new district Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill MORE (R-Ohio), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Changes coming to ObamaCare next year Lew: TPP vote still possible in lame-duck CDC director on Zika: 'Basically, we're out of money' MORE holds just a 24 percent favorability rating. By contrast, 47 percent approve of the president.
Still, the overall sentiment tilts decisively toward dissatisfaction with lawmakers in Washington. Only a quarter of those surveyed said they were happy with the way the country was being governed, while 74 percent said they were dissatisfied.