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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Poll shows most Georgians blame Democrats for shut down

Who do you blame for the government shutdown?

A poll conducted on Oct. 1 — Day 1 — showed that more Georgians are blaming Democrats.

The Landmark/Rosetta Stone survey of 1,000 voters, which was commissioned for WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News, showed that 46 percent blame Democrats, while 39 percent blame Republicans for the stalemate in Congress.

That may not be surprising in a state that has cast votes for Republicans for president for decades and where the GOP has the top spot in every statewide leadership position.

A press release from Duluth-based Landmark said the numbers by party were also unsurprising, with only 10 percent of Republicans blaming the Republican-controlled House and only 11.5 percent of the Democrats surveyed blaming either President Obama or the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.

Instead, the release says the results from self-described indepents is more noteworthy, with independents blaming Democrats 53 percent to 29 percent blaming the GOP. About 17 percent say “all sides” share some of the blame.

In the poll, respondents were also asked their opinion on the Affordable Care Act, with only 33 percent saying they want the program to be fully funded and implemented. The remaining 56 percent said they want the program either “de-funded” or “delayed by one year.”

While thousands of federal employees remain furloughed, two local congressmen say they want to forego their own paychecks, which are continuing because the roles are mandated by the Constitution.

U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall and Paul Broun, both Republicans who represent portions of Gwinnett, have asked that the money be withheld.

“At a time of great uncertainty for so many, I felt it appropriate to request that the Chief Administrator Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives also withhold my salary for the duration of the shutdown,” Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to find a responsible approach to funding the government.”

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, whose district includes much of southern Gwinnett, is still considering the move, his spokesman Andy Phelan said.

“He wants to stand in solidarity with furloughed federal workers; he’ll be voting this weekend to provide retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers when the government shutdown is over,” Phelan said.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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