Trump Voters Blame Him for the Government Shutdown

In poll after poll, the American people hold President Trump responsible for the month-long government shutdown, and a recent Washington Post article points out that even his supporters are blaming him for the shutdown and urging him to re-open the government now. Key excerpts:
“Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics. He wanted to shake up the status quo. He didn’t mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president. But the 49-year-old retired Navy reservist has had some second thoughts.”

“‘What the [expletive] were we thinking?’ he asked the other night inside a Walmart here, in an area of blue-collar suburban Detroit that helped deliver the presidency to Trump.”

The shutdown fight, as it has played out over the past month, is further eroding the president’s support among voters who like the idea of beefing up border security — but not enough to close the government… Many here, even those who still support Trump, say they hold him most responsible. They recite his comment from the Oval Office that he would be ‘proud to shut down the government.’ When he said it, they listened.”

“‘It’s silly. It’s destructive,’ Daudert said, adding that all he knows about 2020 is that he won’t be supporting Trump.”

“Recent polling indicates that the government shutdown has caused skittishness among parts of Trump’s base, which has been one of the most enduring strengths of his presidency. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey, conducted Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, found that his net approval rating had dropped seven points since December.”

One of the biggest declines came among suburban men, whose approval rating of Trump fell a net 18 percentage points… Among men without a college degree, the downward change was seven points.”

“As Jeremiah Wilburn, a 45-year-old operating engineer, browsed the aisles at Walmart for a new pair of coveralls, he reflected on some of those shifts. Like many voters here, after siding with Barack Obama in two elections, he decided to gamble with Trump in 2016. And for most of the past two years, he was pleased. The economy was humming, jobs were flowing, and wages seemed stable. Until now.”

“‘I was doing fine with him up until this government shutdown,’ he said. ‘It’s ridiculous. You’re not getting the wall built for $5 billion. And Mexico is not paying for it, we all know that, too. Meanwhile, it’s starting to turn people like me away.’

“He worries about the shutdown’s effect on the economy. He’s concerned about the impact on his brother, who works for the TSA in Florida.”

To him, the shutdown standoff has also poked holes in Trump’s ability to say he cares for the working class, given that 800,000 federal employees and an additional number of contractors are going without paychecks.”

“‘You can’t expect people to come to work without getting paid,’ Wilburn said. ‘If I were them, I certainly wouldn’t come to work.’”