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Poll: Strong Opposition to Republican Shutdown Strategy

A new poll finds Americans generally opposed to defunding Obamacare and overwhelmingly opposed if it leads to shutting down the government and defaulting on the debt.

From the CNBC article on the poll:

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent.

Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure. The final 4 percent is a group of people who want to defund Obamacare, but become unsure when asked if they still hold that view if it means shutting down the government.

Even among Republicans, who support defunding Obamacare by 51-36 percent, the numbers reverse to 48 percent opposed to defunding and only 36 percent in support if it’s done in the context of a government shutdown and default.

47 Responses to Poll: Strong Opposition to Republican Shutdown Strategy

  1. I don’t care how carefully you choose your survey population, I refuse to believe that responses from only 800 people can anywhere near accurately reflect the variety of opinions inevitable in the >300M U.S. population.

    Also, I haven’t taken the time to dig into the wording of the survey questions, but “shut down the government” and “default” mean entirely different things, and I wonder if the suggested responses lumped those together or allowed for separation of those two concepts.

    • Amen.
      The questions can be worded confusingly especially to those that are not privy to what is going on.
      800 people is not an adequate survey.
      Just another attempt to sway public opinion by using an extremely small sample and stopping when the results prove your point.

    • I don’t think members of the House and whichever Republicans in the Senate proposing cutting off funding are just doing so out of the sky. The reason they are doing it is because they have their own polls from their constituents who support them. They absolutely would not pursue this otherwise.

      The establishment GOP, the MSM and the Democrats are in a dirty pool to thwart the will of the people.

  2. And 18% haven’t a clue! That’s part of the problem. Libs have been spending the weekend spinning the story that this is all about shutting down the government. It’s not. There’s a continuing resolution funding the government all approved by the House. It does defund Obamacare. All he has to do is direct the Senate to pass it, and sign it. Simple.

    And I don’t know that 44-38 counts as “strong opposition” in any case. Sounds like a fairly even fight, one where “my way or the highway” does not apply. In a normal world it would be compromise time. Delay implementation and spend the year fixing the most onerous issues. But not in Obamaland, where all opposition is traitorous and racist.

      • Keith, this is a Democrat shutdown strategy – not a Republican shutdown strategy. Republicans already passed the continuing resolution to keep the government open. It’s Democrats that are holding it hostage.

        Obama already told Boehner that he would not negotiate. So what is there left to do?

        House passes bill.
        Senate does nothing.
        Obama goes golfing.

        Conclusion: Republican’s fault? Sorry, I don’t see it that way.

  3. You know, 2/3rds of the country did not back the Revolutionary War, with a majority in favor of remaining subjects of the King. Perhaps the Founding Fathers should have reviewed the poll data first? Could have saved us the trouble of starting a new Country and stuff…

    Polling data also suggested that overwhelming majorities in the antebellum South were solidly behind secession. How’d that work out, anyway?

    You know, Hitler was an elected official, and had some solid majorities behind everything HE did, too. I guess that meant that the Nazi thing was the way to go? After all, majorites are never wrong…

    BOLSHEVIK! Sack up, Republicans, and do what’s RIGHT instead of what “polls” well. Those polls are cooked, anyway, like the lies Obama told to impose this travesty in the FIRST place. You were elected to STOP this train from going over a cliff, not ENABLE it and LEGITIMIZE it!

    Yes, you may lose your job. Would you rather lose your Country?

    Yes, he may force it anyway. At LEAST make it CLEAR it’s ALL him, and make him do the illegal stuff openly, instead of running cover FOR him.

    You may lose your job anyway. After all, I don’t think Obama will have a reason to keep you around any more, once he gets the whole rubber stamp Politburo thing in high gear, which Obamacare will CERTAINLY aid him with! It was NEVER about the heath care, it’s ALL about HIM controlling US! The thing is WAY too discretionary, and has tools in place for letting HHS and IRS pick Obama’s choice of winners and losers, tools for tracking gold and silver purchases in case he wants to take it all like FDR did, AND tools for banning guns by removing children from houses with guns after making doctors ask if you HAVE any.

    STOP HIM. It’s what you’re there to do…

  4. Without getting into the tedium of methodology, I took a look at Hart-McInturff.

    Peter D. Hart is one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. Since 1971, he has been Chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

    As an established leader in survey research, Mr. Hart, along with the late Robert Teeter, and currently with Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, have been the pollsters for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal since 1989. In the political realm, Mr. Hart has represented more than 40 U.S. senators and 30 governors, ranging from Hubert Humphrey and Lloyd Bentsen, to Jay Rockefeller and Bob Graham. SNIP

    The National Journal named Mr. Hart to its select list of 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy, characterizing him as “probably the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates, who plays a key role in identifying and shaping national trends and political messages”.


  5. The Clients:

    U.S. Senators
    Bob Casey, Jr. (PA)
    Kent Conrad (ND)
    Richard Durbin (IL)
    Dianne Feinstein (CA)
    Patrick Leahy (VT)
    Bernie Sanders (VT)
    Barbara Mikulski (MD)
    Chuck Schumer (NY)

    Steve Beshear (KY)
    Phil Bredesen (TN)
    Bev Perdue (NC)
    Brad Henry (OK)
    Martin O’Malley (MD)

    U.S. Representatives
    Lois Capps (CA-23)
    Andre Carson (IN-7)
    Jim Cooper (TN-5)
    John Dingell (MI-16)
    Rush Holt (NJ-12)
    Mike Honda (CA-15)
    John Lewis (GA-5)
    Doris Matsui (CA-5)
    Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-8)
    David Price (NC-4)
    Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)

    Political Organizations
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Democratic National Committee
    EMILY’s List
    Indiana Democratic Party

    Down Ballot
    Catherine Cortez-Masto(Attorney General-NV)
    Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles City Council President- CA)
    Michael Nutter (Mayor-Philadelphia, PA )
    Luke Ravenstahl (Mayor- Pittsburgh, PA)
    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Mayor-Baltimore, MD)
    Joe Riley (Mayor-Charleston, SC)
    Eric Schneiderman (Attorney General-NY)
    Francis Slay (Mayor-St. Louis, MO)
    Ken Ulman (Howard Co. Executive- MD)
    Johnathan Weinzapfel (Mayor -Evansville, IN)

    I quit Googling after O’Malley, but I would bet that they’re all Democrats.

  6. Dear US Citizens and all others that live here:

    We have decided to shut down the Federal Government 28.5% of the time each and every week. The Dept of Defense, the FBI will still be working and Soc Security checks and Medicare will still be in effect and mailed.

    On holiday weeks, we will shut the Federal Gov’t down 42.8% of the time. The Dept of Defense, the FBI will still be working and Soc Security checks and Medicare will still be in effect and mailed.

    P.S. You are all frogs in a pot of luke warm water who don’t realize the flame has been set to high.

  7. Even though I’m not a registered Repub, the title of the post assumes that any shutdown of the Federal government would be their fault, and IMO that’s just not true. It would take the refusal of the Senate to pass the bill as presented, and for Congress to refuse to pass any adjusted bill returned to them for our country to go without a legal means to pay our bills.

    If the Senate refuses to pass the budget presented to it and we do go into a shutdown of government services, history tells us that it would only be temporary and not cause the financial catastrophe the Dems are warning us will happen.

    Wiser heads than mine have insisted over and over that Obamacare cannot be ‘de-funded’, it will go on as planned no matter what the Senate does or doesn’t pass. .
    Even a unanimous vote to de-fund Obamacare in both houses of Congress wouldn’t stop it’s moving forward into the lives of all Americans. The only way to stop Obamacare is with full repeal of the law, or to strip it of some of the key parts that would make it impossible to enforce.

    • I may be wrong on this, but if I remember my government courses, only POTUS can declare an official “shutdown” of the US government. And that shutdown does not impact the mandated payment of military salaries or pensions, Social Security payments, the VA,or any of the other mandated services of the government. It’s more or less like a “snow day”, where non essential services or personnel stay home. Someone may have better information than I on this, but that’s what I think happens. The government has “shut down” many. many times, even since the Carter days, something like 20 times. We didn’t even notice it.

  8. Sounds like a crock of crap to me. ObamaCrap.
    How can these people claim to want what is is best for freedom and democracy and still push this despicable drug onto the backs of the American people. They are all insane.

  9. The clever deviants of the american left have already made people so dependent on government, extreme measures such as closing the government are no longer an option. I would even venture to say that americans have turned into such obedient wusses that a revolution is not even possible anymore. America is becoming a parasite of a country.

  10. Government shutdowns are idle threats, in this case to push through Obamacare, which few if any know what it includes. The possibility of a government shutdown is nothing new; it happens every year. Somehow though funding comes through and Congress has followed orders once again. This year’s threat is another scare tactic engineered this time by Obama himself. Meanwhile, play some golf, make another boring speech, and then it’s off to Hawaii – mission accomplished. Of course, the crisis overseas has not been solved, but that’s easy enough. Just let Kerry handle it, along with some helpful, yet questionable advice from old soldier McCain.

  11. So Much for your rants on Obama golfing, this is W himself TODAY

    “I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf,” Bush told Jimmy Roberts, host of Golf Channel’s In Play.

    “Why’s that?” Roberts asked.

    “Because I know what it’s like to be in the bubble,” Bush replied. “I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet.”

    “I think it’s good for the president to be out playing golf,” Bush concluded.

  12. Yeah, like CNBC is any more credible than the rest of state-run media. First of all, that poll is based on a false premise – there is no Republican shutdown strategy. I’m exhausted from trying to explain to my family how the talking heads on every cable news channel, to include Fox, aren’t being honest about the conservative effort to defund Obamacare. In the continuing resolution, the House fully funded the government with the exception of Obamacare. If the cryptkeeper doesn’t allow a full and honest vote on the continuing resolution, without any phony parliamentarian tricks like using a simple majority vote to fund Obamacare, then he is the one responsible for the consequences, not the Republicans.

    The RINOs are fighting this defund effort too. They want Obamacare to survive, because it gives ultimate power and control over the populous to whoever holds the the reins of government, and they think one day they will be holding those reins. The RINOs are attacking Mike Lee and Ted Cruz not because they didn’t go through the party hierarchy before taking their case to the people, but because the Senate Republicans are being forced to come out from under the skirts of the Democrats and take a stand. A vote for cloture without requiring a 60 vote threshold on all amendments is a vote for Obamacare.

    • Great read, thanks for the link.
      I agree that at least it’s a fight.
      I wonder how deep the Dem’s will dip into the cesspool of vileness to smear Cruz.

  13. Strong opposition? Well, then more babies will be murdered and seniors will go the way of death panels. Look, this so-called President was voted for twice, either legally or illegally, I’m pretty sure that the vote was tampered with, and if the Republicans have strong opposition to something they know is thousands of rules and regulations for innocent people written by idiots that are not doctors or even in the medical field, then so be it. You get what you voted for. Its just too bad that the middleclass will suffer again as usual because of this lousy health bill BUT THE POLITICIANS WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING PROPER CARE, WILL THEY? What do they give shxxxx!