Poll: American Disapprove of GOP Shutdown Strategy

Take note, House Republicans: yet another poll shows the American people oppose your strategy to shut down the government over Obamacare.  According to a new poll by United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection:                  

Overwhelmingly, Americans think Congress should fund the federal government and deal with health care separately; and just as strongly, Americans oppose including GOP priorities—even those with which they otherwise agree—in a bargain to raise the debt ceiling.”

“The results portend political risk for Republicans should they continue to employ their current approach. Americans oppose those tactics, the data show, and if the government breaches its debt limit, triggering broad-based economic turmoil, Americans could hold Republicans responsible.”

“But congressional GOP leaders still score worse on this measure: 69 percent disapprove of the way they are handling the budget negotiations, while only 19 percent approve.”

“… Americans—by a vast ratio of more than 2-to-1—disapprove of the House GOP tying the future of the Affordable Care Act to funding the government or raising the debt ceiling.”

“The poll shows that 65 percent think ‘Congress should provide the funding to keep the government operating and deal with the health care issue separately.’

“Following other questions about ways to reduce the country's deficit and the perceived ramifications of failing to raise the debt limit, poll respondents were told that congressional Republicans ‘say they will only agree to increase the federal debt ceiling if President Obama accepts their proposal on other issues.’ Interviewers then asked about four GOP policy proposals—some of which have been found to be popular in previous surveys—but respondents said they opposed including every one of them in a debt-limit agreement by at least a 2-to-1 ratio.”

“Asked whether a ‘one-year delay for the implementation of President Obama's health care law’ should be included, 31 percent said it should, while 65 percent said it should be dealt with separately. Opposition ran just as strongly for tying ‘cuts in spending for domestic discretionary programs’ and ‘cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal entitlement programs’ to the debt-ceiling bill, with the poll finding results virtually equivalent to delaying the health care law.”

Looks like Republicans may want to rethink their shutdown strategy and default denial.