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Republicans hit all-time low in Gallup poll. Is shutdown to blame? (+video)

In just a month, public approval of the Republican Party has dropped 10 points, from 38 to 28 percent, according to a Gallup poll conducted in the early days of the government shutdown.

A new poll suggests Americans are mostly holding Republicans responsible for the partial government shutdown. 63% percent say it's the GOP's fault, half put the blame on President Barack Obama and the Democrats.
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The Republican Party is viewed favorably by only 28 percent of the American public, a 10-percentage-point drop in just the past month, according to the latest Gallup poll.

It's the lowest favorability number ever recorded for either party by Gallup, which began asking the question in 1992. Democrats’ favorability also dropped in the last month, down four percentage points from 47 percent to 43 percent.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, in the early days of the ongoing government shutdown.

The shutdown is the result of a GOP impasse with President Obama and the Democrats over government funding in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Republicans are demanding that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, be defunded as a condition for new federal government funding.

Also looming is the so-called debt ceiling – the limit on federal borrowing authority, which the Treasury says will be reached on Oct. 17. If Congress doesn’t approve more borrowing, the government could default on its debts.

“The Republican Party is clearly taking a bigger political hit from Americans thus far in the unfolding saga,” writes Andrew Dugan of Gallup, who notes that a month ago, the GOP had made up ground on key issues. “Thus, the Republican Party’s current strategy in the fiscal debates may not be paying dividends.”

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