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According to polling commissioned by Civic Action, Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), voters in Senate battleground states will blame Donald Trump and the GOP if their failure to govern despite controlling the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate leads to a shutdown:

“By an 11-point margin, voters believe intuitively—even before hearing any specific policy disagreements—that Donald Trump and congressional Republicans (42%) will be more to blame than Democrats (31%) if a shutdown occurs. Considering that Donald Trump carried these states by an average margin of 11 points, this extraordinary result reflects voters’ understanding that Republican leaders are far more willing than Democrats to cause a shutdown.”

These voters say that long-term legislation funding the government must include permanent protections for the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who will face loss of their work permits, driver’s licenses, and protection from deportation following Trump announcing the end of the program last September:

“Fully 81% of battleground voters say a budget agreement should prevent the deportation of Dreamers by granting them legal status to remain in the country. … Support for protections is nearly as strong in red states, which voted for both Romney and Trump (79%), as in purple states that went for Obama and Trump (82%).”

And, 57 percent of those polled “oppose including funding for President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border in a budget agreement, while just 41% favor it … even in a sample dominated by states won by Trump, 55% of voters disapprove of the Trump-GOP insistence on funding the border wall as a precondition for providing DACA protections.”

“This polling makes clear that if Trump shuts down the government while holding Dreamers hostage in exchange for advancing his racist policies, including the border wall, Trump and the Republican Party will be held responsible by the majority of voters in key states,” said’s Ilya Sheyman. “Democrats must stand united in rejecting any temporary spending measures until Dreamers are protected, which the public overwhelmingly wants to see happen.”

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