GOP Shutdown Strategy Unpopular With American Voters

Oct 1, 2013

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Quinnipiac University released their latest national poll on Tuesday, looking at American voters' attitudes about the government shutdown and Obamacare. The poll of 1,497 registered voters revealed that 72 percent are opposed to the notion of shutting down the government to stop implementation of Obamacare, and 64 percent oppose blocking an increase of the debt ceiling to derail the Affordable Care Act.

On the issue of Obamacare, Americans are divided. Forty-five percent are in favor of the health care law, while 47 percent oppose it.

The survey also looked at the issue of who is to blame for the government shutdown and the gridlock in Washington. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, said that on this issue, Democrats have a slight political edge over Republicans.

Those surveyed disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing 74-17 percent, and disapprove of the job Democrats are doing 60-32 percent. "Voters see the Republicans as more likely to be causing gridlock," said Brown, "although it's not like Americans are in love with anyone in Washington these days. They just dislike the Democrats less than the Republicans."

Today's Quinnipiac Poll was conducted from September 23-29, and has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.