Poll: Obama, Republicans would be equally responsible for a shutdown

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There's significant incentive for lawmakers to strike a deal. Of those surveyed, 64 percent said shutting the government down for even a few days would be a bad thing for the country. If the standoff were to continue for weeks, 78 percent say they would consider it a bad thing.

"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 BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMuslim DNC speaker challenges GOP leaders to call Trump out Peter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' 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.

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