Government Shutdown Could Hurt Republicans, Shows Poll

    October 1, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Americans may be divided on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, colloquially known as “ObamaCare”), but it seems they aren’t on board with shutting down the U.S. government to prevent its implementation.

A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows that 72% of American voters oppose shutting down the government as a tactic to block the ACA. 64% also oppose using debt ceiling legislation to block implementation of the new healthcare initiative, and a majority (58%) even oppose cutting funding for the ACA as a way to prevent it. This is despite the fact that 47% of those same Americans polled are opposed to the ACA, with only 45% in favor of it.

Not even a majority of Republicans support the move, with only 49% of those Republicans polled in favor of the shutdown. What could be worse for the GOP is that a full 74% of independents are opposed to the government shutdown. The Quinnipiac poll found that disapproval for Republicans in Congress is now at 74%, with disapproval for Congressional Democrats now sitting at 60%.

“Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The U.S. government is currently in the process of shutting down non-essential services following congress’ failure to pass a continuing resolution to provide funding until a budget can be ironed out. The legislation is crucial to the U.S. government’s functionality, and House Republicans this week took the bill hostage, refusing to vote on a version of the bill that doesn’t contain amendments delaying the ACA. The ACA is not directly related to the funding bill, and will be implemented despite the government shutdown.

Though the Senate-approved version of the bill would likely pass the house, Republican House leadership has prevented such a vote, instead opting to send the Senate its own versions of the continuing resolution with an amendment to delay the ACA attached. The Democrat-controlled Senate has consistently rejected these versions of the bill.

  • Reality

    The government shutdown only hurts the people. Republicans and democrats are the same. The reality is that all politicians are the same. They go to the same schools, share the same benefits, invest in the same companies, join the same clubs, date/marry from the same circles, and are the richest people in the country. They will also be totally unaffected by the shutdown.

    Wake up America. It is all about the rich ruling elite taking control of the nation and this nation becoming a two class system.

  • Pointless Talking Points

    Conversely, and more accurately, Peter Brown (who ever that is) could state:

    “Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Senatorial Democrats and the President that it is so good that it’s worth closing down the government to force it upon Americans”.

    • Jerry

      It is not being forced upon Americans. Congress voted Obamacare into law and it was vetted by the Supreme Court.