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Government Shutdown: Who Do You Blame? [POLL/AUDIO]

As the government shutdown continues, who is really to blame?  It depends on who you ask.

Congress Still Divided As Government Shutdown Enters Fourth Day
Congress Still Divided As Government Shutdown Enters Fourth Day (Alex Wong, Getty Images)

“How you react to the government shutdown in Washington depends on your partisanship – so republicans are going to blame democrats, democrats are blaming republicans, and those who are not strong partisans blame all the politicians,’ said Peter Woolley, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He said the shutdown is provoking politicians who are running for office to emphasize bipartisanship.

“If you observe Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s campaign, who’s running for U.S. Senate, he’s emphasizing his ability to compromise and work with leaders of the other party – specifically Chris Christie.  And if you listen to Chris Christie, you’ll hear him mention that he’s willing to work with people in the other party,” said Woolley.

What does it mean for those who are already disgusted by politics?  “People who are already turned off by politics will just find this episode reinforces their view, that politicians are worthless and that politics isn’t work paying attention to,” said Woolley.

He said people who are directly affected by the shutdown care what’s going on, but others, who won’t feel the effects for weeks or months aren’t too concerned right now.

“The federal government does touch many people’s lives,” he said, “either directly, through the state or even the counties, so it won’t be very long before more and more people start to notice that.”

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