Poll: Most Americans say avoiding a government shutdown more important than changing Obamacare


The story is HERE:

If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.

And six in 10 questioned in the survey say they want Congress to approve a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown, and if it happens, most people say a shutdown would be a bad thing for the country.

The poll’s release comes one day after the GOP-dominated House of Representatives approved a spending plan to fund the government that would delay the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, for a year, and repeal its tax on medical devices.


Six in 10 questioned in the CNN survey say that it is more important for Congress to avoid a shutdown than to make major changes to the new health care law, with only a third saying it is more important for lawmakers to prevent major provisions in the new health care law from taking effect by cutting the funds needed to implement them.




  1. Stock futures are looking real good right now. Hopefully the stock mkt knows something we don’t and the bottom doesn’t fall out. I’ve seen them change in the blink of an eye in the past. I’ve heard rumor, supposedly from an adviser in DC, that a deal has been agreed upon, but its not known if its long or short term in nature. We’ll know soon enough one way or another. 24 hours ago, the futures on the SP were down about -13 to 14 points. Tonight they’re +9 as I type.


  2. At 732pm. the WAPO has Breaking News, says the house won’t attempt more votes tonite. Then at 738pm. a man named Robert Costa claims the house rules committee is meeting and rules on the conferee’s coming to the floor later tonite.

    At 756pm, Eric Cantor’s COS is reportedly saying prior reports of no further house votes this evening is not true.

    They only have 1 hour before midnight EST.

    I think we need a new awards show similar to the Academy Awards, only for political theater. What could the categories be called?

    Steverino, I think you’d be good at creating these categories.


  3. kevind1986

    Geez, if you could just trust your readers enough to give the whole truth instead of the tiny bit you filter. It’s gotta be rough believing you can only make your point via being so selective with the facts.

    Per CNN this a.m.:
    “Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll. But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won’t help anyone. According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect. Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.”

    The WHOLE truth doesn’t hurt you too bad, so why not just go there to begin with? Why is your knee jerk reaction ALWAYS to discard all but a sliver of the truth?

  4. Kevin: The better question is why do your right-wing impulses prompt you ignore the central point of this blog post, which is that most Americans think avoiding a government shutdown is more important than changing Obamacare?

    The “whole truth” is that most Americans are no familiar with the details of Obamacare than you are, which isn’t terribly surprising given all the nonsense peddled by Republicans.

    Regarding the politics of Obamacare, there are a few incontrovertible facts that many Republicans can’t seem to get through their heads.

    In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on a platform that included health-care reform. He defeated his Republican rival by an electoral-vote margin of 36 percentage points.

    The following year, Obamacare was adopted by a majority vote in both houses of Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court later upheld the constitutionality of the measure.

    In 2012, Obama’s campaign for a second term as president was based in part on passage of his health-care-reform initiative, while his Republican rival’s campaign was based in part on promising repeal of Obamacare. The president won re-election by an electoral-vote margin of 24 percentage points.

    So, the current wave of Republican rhetoric that Obamacare is an unconstitutional scheme that’s been shoved down the throats of the American is totally dishonest.

  5. By the way, Kevin, how are those IRS and Benghazi “scandals” working out for you these days?

    Have they led to Obama’s impeachment yet?

    What a laugh! Those dogs just won’t hunt, will they?

  6. One other thing, Kevin:

    It’s a little past 8 a.m. as I write this over my first cup of coffee for the day, and I’ve only just now noticed a fundamentally ridiculous point in your comment above: You’re faulting me for failing to include in a post I published 22 hours ago the results of a CNN poll that was released just this morning.

    I’m often a prescient guy, Kevin, but I’m unable to predict in great detail the results of a poll a day before they’re released.

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