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GOP Gets The Blame For Shutdown In Massachusetts Poll


By a large margin, Massachusetts voters blame Republicans in Congress for the shutdown of the federal government according to a poll released Wednesday by the Western New England University Polling Institute.

The poll which was conducted during the first seven days of the federal government shutdown found 56 percent of all voters blame Republicans for the  shutdown, 16 percent fault President Obama and just 5 percent hold Congressional Democrats responsible.  Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the results did not break completely along party lines.

52 percent of Massachusetts Republicans surveyed disapprove of the job being done by Congressional Republicans.  The poll put President Obama’s approval rating at 58 percent, an increase of four points since a poll in June.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.