Trump gets strong backing from Republican voters in fight over wall funding

Washington Examiner:
A huge majority of the Republican Party supports President Trump's handling of the partial government shutdown, according to a Huffington Post/YouGov poll released Thursday.

The poll reveals some deep divisions between Republican and Democratic voters.

A total of 84 percent of Republicans — 64 percent of whom strongly approve and 20 percent who somewhat approve — support Trump's refusal to accept a funding bill that does not include more than $5 billion for enhancing security operations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The gap is reversed on the other side, with 87 percent of Democrats unhappy with the Republican president's behavior, according to the Dec. 22-23 poll of U.S. citizens.

[New: Trump threatens southern border closure amid partial government shutdown]

Overwhelming support for one's party also exists among Democratic poll respondents who say members of their party have properly handled the shutdown, now in its sixth day.

While 69 percent of Democrats approve of the way congressional Democrats are handling the shutdown, more GOP voters indicated support their party's president: 84 percent.
What this demonstrates is that there is unlikely to be much political pressure on either side to back down.  Both sides are likely to look for other areas to get leverage for a compromise agreement.


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