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Americans Start Assessing Blame On Possible Government Shutdown

Barack Obama (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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By Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Time is running out for lawmakers to get a deal together to prevent the government from closing down.

A CBS Survey says the people of America are evenly divided on the outcome.

About 48-percent think a government shutdown will be prevented. The same amount think the two sides will not be able to avert confrontation that could spell big economic trouble.

The same poll shows the Presidents approval rating down to its 2012 low of 43-percent. Forty-four percent will blame the Republicans if it doesn’t work out, while 35-percent will blame the Democrats.

While the Health Care Law remains unpopular, most think Congress should make it work as well as possible (56%) rather than cut off funding for it (38%). Most Republicans support cutting off funding.

The figures are interesting because opinion polls can shape the outcome of the vote.

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