A couple of opinion polls have been released today that should probably give House GOP leadership pause and time to reflect on whether their gambit to shut down the entire United States government over funding of the Affordable Care Act is a good idea.
First up is the CNN poll that finds 46% of the respondents will blame Republicans in Congress for a shutdown of the government, while 36% would blame President Obama and the Democrats and 13% would call a pox on both houses over the shutdown. Even more scalding criticism of the Republicans was found when 69% said they are acting like “spoiled children.” Nearly that same number, 68% of respondents said that a shutdown for even a few days would be a bad thing for the country.
If being told by the American people that they are acting like spoiled children wasn’t bad enough, then came the new CNBC poll that had even more bad news for the GOP. Their primary tactic the past week or so has been to propose a plan that forces Senate Democrats and President Obama to either agree to defund or delay Obamacare in exchange for keeping the government funded for two months, and the CNBC poll shows that 59% of those asked said they didn’t want Obamacare defunded if meant a government shutdown.
Not surprisingly, support for defunding Obamacare drops precipitously as the political ideology of the respondent moves from hard-right fringe to more moderate, with only 38% of all adults, regardless of party affiliation, saying that they support defunding the Affordable Care Act at all — whether a government shutdown happens in the interim or not.