Poll: Americans oppose shutdown

Posted by David Lightman on October 1, 2013 

Americans overwhelmingly make it clear: They oppose the federal government shutdown.

A new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found people were against the shutdown, 72-22 percent. They also were heavily against blocking a debt limit increase--the next likely congressional fight--as a way to stop the Affordable Care Act.

Because Congress could not agree on funding the government past midnight, many federal operations shut down Tuesday.

Republicans insisted on changes in the health care law, known as Obamacare, and they should find some sentiment for doing so.

The poll found 45 percent favored the law, while 47 percent opposed.

American voters oppose 72 - 22 percent Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Chances are the shutdown controversy won't help anyone politically. Americans disapprove, 74-17 percent, of the job Republicans are doing in Congress-and disapprove, 60-32 percent of Democrats.

Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare," said Peter Brown, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director, "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."

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