Polls conducted pre-shutdown found a partisan divide; independents are more likely to blame the GOP.

Thus far, voters are placing the blame for the government shutdown on Republicans over Democrats, according to a pair of polls.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Monday and conducted Thursday and Friday — before the federal government shut down at midnight Friday — found that 41 percent of voters said they would fault Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, compared to 36 percent who said they would fault Democrats.

Unsurprisingly, there was a partisan divide — Democrats were likelier to blame Republicans and vice versa, but more independents said they would blame Republicans as well: 34 percent compared to 27 percent for Democrats.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted Monday through Thursday of last week, also before the shutdown, found similar results: 48 percent of respondents said President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans were responsible for the impasse over immigration and border security at the core of the shutdown, compared to 28 percent who said the onus was on Democrats.

The US federal government officially shut down at midnight Friday after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal to fund the government. Democrats are trying to push Republicans and the Trump administration to work with them on a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The president has rejected bipartisan proposals suggested to him — including an offer to fund a wall at the US-Mexico border. The White House and many Republican lawmakers say Democrats are unfairly injecting an unrelated issue — immigration — into what is supposed to be a bill for government funding.

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