As if Republican leadership already didn’t realize the obvious, a new poll out shows what many are already fearing: While Americans don’t seem to like Obamacare, they like the idea of a government shutdown even less.
And they overwhelmingly oppose shutting down the government to defund the health care law.
CNBC’s Steve Liesman emails with fascinating new poll results (full survey data out Thursday): A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a 44% to 38% plurality. But support for defunding drops off sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59% to 19% with 18% unsure.
…The views of Republicans who do not describe themselves as Tea Party supporters are closer to those of Democrats than to the group in their own party who are Tea Party supporters. They actually oppose defunding Obamacare 44 percent to 36 percent with 20 percent unsure.
For those catching up, Republican leadership in the House recently caved to demands by House members that any bill to fund the government strip funding for Obamacare. The Senate — Republicans included — have already said such a bill would be DOA.
A government shutdown at the end of this month, however, will be likely unless the House reverses course.
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