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AOL users blame Democrats by small margin for government shutdown, according to flash poll

Budget Battle
At midnight on Tuesday after the Senate and House were unable to agree on a temporary funding bill to keep the government running, the nation was plunged into its first government shutdown in 17 years. Who's to blame for the mess?

We asked users to chime in on AOL.com on Monday as the midnight shutdown deadline approached to tell us who was more at fault for the political impasse: Democrats or Republicans. All told, 33,793 people participated in the unscientific poll and the results were nearly split down the middle, with 49 percent of respondents indicating they blamed Republicans for the standoff, and 51 percent of respondents indicating they blamed Democrats.

Of course, other polls told different stories. One poll conducted by CNN and ORC International and released on Monday showed that 46 percent of Americans would blame congressional Republicans if a shutdown occurred, 36 percent of Americans would blame President Obama and 13 percent would blame both. A whopping 69 percent of respondents indicated that Republicans were acting like 'spoiled children' in the budget battle, but many found fault with Democrats, too, as 58 percent said President Obama and congressional Democrats were acting like spoiled children.

Opinion polls aside, now that the shutdown is in effect, what remains to be seen is who will emerge as the winners and losers in this epic battle. Will it be President Obama and congressional Democrats? Or will it be House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans? Perhaps will it be the right wing members of the Republican Party, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz. What, if anything, do the American people stand to gain from the stalemate?

Tell us in the comments below. And to vote in our Tuesday poll about how the shutdown impacts you personally, click here to head back to AOL.com and weigh in.

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fchaux October 01 2013 at 10:46 AM

They really dont care except their own wants, views and deals, they get paid no matter what ,they have the best health insurance,,so we are view as an annoying pest!!!!!take down all the politicians,,,,

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bpalopinto October 01 2013 at 10:47 AM

Let the unemployed work, They will work cheaper. Cut the free loaders out.

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billcdaly October 01 2013 at 10:54 AM

Actually we are to blame - we elected them on either side of the aisle.
We get the government we deserve.
Time to stop robotically voting party line.
Time for an independent 3rd party that actually fixes problems,
rather than just fixing blame.

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pigonzo October 01 2013 at 10:57 AM

To bad that Congress and the Senate can't take a lesson from their constituants and use common sense. We can't spend our selves out of debtm so quit wasting money. They theaten us with cuts yet no one even mentioned cutting aid to other countries. What would 10% do for our budget?

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austinbdx pigonzo October 01 2013 at 8:05 PM

Right, we can use that money helping US citizens. You can't give money to governments and expect their people to like us or derive any benefits. Their government used the money to further control their people.

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Eric October 01 2013 at 10:57 AM

The American people also voted in the House members. Obamacare promised that we could keep our insurance if we liked it, lower premiums, and that it would cost less than 1 trillion dollars ALL which are not true. Tea partiers aren't extreme, it's our president who is unwilling to negotiate.

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Eric Eric October 01 2013 at 11:01 AM

Furthermore, if Obamacare is so "good' , why did he give exemptions to businesses and themselves in congress. If they pass a law, they should not be exempt from that law.

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tcline2000 Eric October 01 2013 at 11:01 AM

Eric, you are so right !!!

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Paul Anthony tcline2000 October 01 2013 at 12:21 PM

Eric you are so wrong!!!

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zbigbuffalo October 01 2013 at 10:57 AM

I vote for the person ..not the party. All that have allowed this to happen should be voted out .

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dellie zbigbuffalo October 01 2013 at 11:04 AM

So your saying Obama should be voted out? He's unwilling to compromise.. 70% of the population doesn't want Obamacare.......

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Penny October 01 2013 at 10:58 AM

The issue is.... sign up Americans without healthcare and charge them to cover the costs associated with the millions of non-Americans flooding into this country that will pay zero. Ultimately, it is not about healthcare...it is about elected officials in Washington and in each state to gather voters to keep them in office. The middle class cannot sustain the folly of these officials. My recommendation is to cut-off salaries of the congress and all of their perks. They are spoiled, entitled people seated in Washington - Vote Them Out. Also, no child born in the U.S. is a citizen without one parent being verified, via DNA, as a U.S. citizen. The congress and state governments squeeze American disabled and aged people, reduce their services to pay for illegals....shameful.

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kkishb1999 October 01 2013 at 10:59 AM

I think the poll has it right. Both houses are to blame. I feel the largest contributor to most of the issues in Washington is our president. He has been very selfish, arrogant and has acted like a king instead of a president since he has been in office. Even with the Martin case in Florida he was more dividing the nation instead of bringing us together. Since that case: Five nationally know black on white murders (hate crimes) have been committed with no comment from Mr. Obama. Just a point of how he operates.

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tmoschetti October 01 2013 at 10:59 AM

It's obvious that we aol users are more informed than the subjects of the poll you reported on where 60% said the Repubs were acting like "spoiled" children for trying to protect them from the impending Obamacare disaster many, or most of them are going to experience beginning soon.

I guess those members of the "Idiocracy" can't read, or don't read as the AP explained in detail that during as SO-CALLED government "shutdown," the government DOESN'T shut down.

AP: Here's The Truth: The Government Doesn't Shut Down

"Social Security checks will still go out. Troops will remain at their posts. Doctors and hospitals will get their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. In fact, virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, will remain open. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, eventually."

This is simply the same kind of shameless demagoguery today's horrid Democrat party uses every election cycle with Social Security and Medicare to frighten the elderly for political gain.
This time they're trying to frighten the ill-education, ill-informed "Idiocracy" that makes us so much of our country today. They are also know as the Democrat "base!"

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aaudy1 October 01 2013 at 11:00 AM

I am so sick of the whole Federal government and wish they could all be replaced with people
that care about America and not themsleves. Its hard to vote for any of our candidates now as
they all seem to change when they get to DC. Term limits are a must for all representives in all
areas of government.
Thanks for letting me say these things aaudy1

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