Only 24 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable opinion of the tea party, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Those are record lows for both. What’s more, by a 22-point margin, the public thinks the GOP is more to blame for the shutdown than President Obama, which is a wider margin than during the last shutdown in 1995-96. And to make it even worse for the GOP, both Obama’s approval rating and the percentage of Americans who think Obamacare is a good idea increased in the poll.
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