A Washington Post/ABC poll found that 70 percent of Americans think the Republican Party is doing a poor job handling the budget negotiations, up from 63 percent before the shutdown began. Democrats also lost ground, as 61 percent of Americans disapprove of their performance, up from 56 percent. Meanwhile, 51 percent disapprove of President Obama's handling of the negotiations, up from 50 percent – though the number who approve increased by 4 points to 45 percent.
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