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December 05, 2005



The standoff seems to have contributed to a steady erosion in Obama's approval ratings in U.S. opinion polls, from above 50 percent after he ordered the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May to current levels near 45 percent. Some recent polls have shown Obama lagging a few points behind an unspecified Republican challenger.

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The poll found that 31 percent of respondents held Republican lawmakers responsible for the impasse, 21 percent blamed Obama and 9 percent blamed Democratic lawmakers.

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