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Poll: 70 percent disapprove of GOP handling of government shutdown

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A new poll finds Republican lawmakers taking a bigger hit from voters in the fight over the federal government shutdown.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday shows 70 percent disapprove of how the GOP is "handling negotiations over the federal budget." That's up from 63 percent disapproval in the same poll taken in late September before the shutdown.

Republican approval dropped two points over that span from 26 percent to 24.

The poll also finds Democrats in Congress and President Obama seeing their disapproval numbers jump after the first federal shutdown in 17 years, but less than Republicans.

Thirty-five percent approve of how congressional Democrats are handling of budget talks, with 61 percent disapproving. In late September, Democrats in Congress were underwater at 34 percent approval to 56 disapproval.

Forty-five percent approve of Obama's handling of negotiations to 51 percent disapproval. The president's approval rating though ticked up from 41 percent in late September, while his disapproval rating rose from 50 percent.

The poll's findings come as both sides remain deadlocked over passing a government funding bill, with another fiscal fight to raise the nation's debt limit by Oct. 17 brewing.

Obama on Monday pressed Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring a vote on a "clean" continuing resolution to the House floor.

Boehner has said he lacks the votes for a clean CR and is demanding that the president negotiate with Republicans over further spending cuts and changes to Obamacare.

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