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Poll: Trump Owns Shutdown, No Real Crises, but More Supporting Border Wall

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Polling Data on Government Shutdown

An ABC/Washington Post poll released today shows that the government shutdown is blamed on the GOP and President Trump, and there’s no real crisis at the Southern Border. It also shows that the notion of a southern border wall is gaining traction, especially amongst conservatives and whites.

The government shutdown, largely over Trump’s insistence for funding for a wall along the entire southern border of the United States, has become the longest such shutdown in US history. 

Pollsters found that 53% of those surveyed feel that Trump and the GOP are mainly to blame for the shutdown, with only 29% placing the blame largely on the Democrat’s shoulders. An additional 13% feel both are equally to blame. 

Of course, the views are split along party lines, with those identify as Democrat or liberal blaming Trump and the GOP 85% and 78% respectively, with 68% of Republicans and 50% of conservatives blaming congressional Democrats.

While 79% of those polled feel that the shutdown would be a serious issue if it were allowed to continue for months, only 18% said that they were personally affected.

As to whether or not we face a real crisis at the southern border with Mexico, only 24% of those asked felt things were at crises levels — and that number remained less than 50% even for those who otherwise supported the construction of a border wall. 

That said, just under half still felt that southern border was a “serious problem,” rather than a “crisis” — and this was largely consistent whether the person supported the wall or not.

The majority still opposes the wall, but support for the project has risen. 42% of those surveyed would be willing to see the wall built, which is up from just 34% a year ago. Opposition is likewise down, now at 54%, versus 63% a year ago.

Wall support is, perhaps unsurprisingly, highest among Republicans and conservatives, for who interest in the project is up and overall 16%. It has also surged among white voters, gaining 10% in the past year.

Even with that increase in support, 66% overall oppose the president invoking emergency powers to force its construction, with half of those opposed falling into the :strongly oppose” category. 

The survey was conducted from January 8th to 11th, via both landline and cellular phones, and included a random sample of 788 adults.

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Watch: Schumer Compares McConnell to Southern Segregationists for Blocking Voting Rights

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On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans’ lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years,” said Schumer. “Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump’s big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, ‘Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.’ The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act.”

“The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the ’60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold,” said Schumer. “When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn’t know what waited for him on the other side. He didn’t know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make.”

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GOP Senators Orchestrate ‘Blockade’ of Key Biden Agenda Bills: Voting Rights Bill Killed, Infrastructure in Doubt

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Republicans Tuesday evening killed debate on the For the People Act, a key component of Democrats’ agenda to protect democracy, expand and strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of dark money in elections. As Senators were voting on the motion to begin debate on the bill, news broke that the GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota had announced another critical piece of Democratic legislation, the infrastructure bill, was even further in doubt.

GOP Senators appeared to be orchestrating a complete and total shutdown of key legislation critical to President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.

Democratic Majority Leader Schumer immediately denounced Republicans’ “blockade.”

Sen. Thune also said Republicans would oppose a slimmed down version of a voting rights bill:

60 votes were required to begin debate on the voting rights bill. The motion failed in a 50-50  vote. As voting was taking place GOP Minority Leader Mitch mcConnell could be seen huddling with other top Republican Senators including John Cornyn of Texas and John Kennedy of Louisiana.

The only option to pass the bill now would be for a simple majority of Senators agree to kill the 60-vote filibuster. Some are supporting a modification to 55 votes. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had steadfastly refused to support killing the filibuster.

“This is a dark day in this country,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC.

“This is a dark day for Republicans,” host Nicolle Wallace replied. “Republicans won’t just walk over norms, they will burn them down,” she told host Ari Melber during the handoff.

Voting rights expert Ari Berman weighed in, chastising the GOP:

 

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‘Monster’: Internet Makes #AbbottHatesDogs Trend After Texas Governor Vetos Bipartisan Anti-Cruelty Bill

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#BetoLovesDogs Rises

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is under fire for vetoing the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, bipartisan legislation to protect dogs by making it illegal to tie them up with heavy chains outdoors, or leave them without water or shade. He criticized the bill as “micro-managing and over-criminalization.”

The legislation “would have expanded and clarified the state’s animal cruelty laws,” and “had the support of animal control officers, law enforcement agencies and organizations, county prosecutors, and advocates for animals, and it passed 28-3 in the Senate and 83-32 in the House,” as The Week reports.

Abbott increasingly has been in the national news, amid speculation he might run for the White House in 2024. He is also facing a possible primary from the right. As #AbbottHatesDogs trended on social media the Texas Republican governor posted a clip of his two dogs. It did not seem to help.

Vetoing legislation to protect dogs does not seem to have helped his future prospects, as many social media users appear to think, but it did help former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s fortunes as people started to post #BetoLovesDogs tweets.

 

 

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