According to two polls published yesterday, here is who owns the government shutdown from the peoples perspective.
CBS 44% say the Republicans own it
35% say President Obama and the democrats own it
17% say both parties own it or is responsible for the shutdown.
FOX 25% say the shut down is the Republican's fault
24% say it is President Obama's fault
20% say it is both the Republicans, President Obama and the Democrat's fault
17% blame it on the tea party factions
8% blame it on Senator Reid and the democratic Senate.
the main point here is you are right on the republicans shouldering most of the blame by around 10 points. But the democrats and President Obama also are shouldering much of the blame.
But as of today, the President isn't getting away clean. His approval rating has dropped to 41% vs. 52% who disapprove of him. This shut down is hurting the president too. It is also hurting both major parties which is fine with me. I detest those politicians in Washington who put party over country.