A new poll commissioned for the Congressional Republicans finds that most people don’t want the government to shut down. I’m sure this will send shockwaves throughout the land.
In a national survey of 1,000 registered voters done July 31 and August 1, the question, from pollster David Winston, said, “Some members of Congress have proposed shutting down the government as a way to defund the president’s health care law” and asked respondents whether they favored or opposed that plan.
Overall, 71 percent of those surveyed opposed a shutdown, while 23 percent favored a shutdown. Among Republicans, 53 percent opposed, versus 37 percent who favored.
Winston found a huge gender gap among Republicans. Republican men favored a shutdown by a narrow 48 percent to 44 percent margin. But Republican women opposed it by an enormous 61 percent to 29 percent margin.
A source tells me David Winston is Speaker Boehner’s pollster, which provides an explanation for the slanted nature of this poll and a level of intrigue to the ongoing debate.
Here’s the problem, Republicans have not “proposed shutting down the government as a way to defund the president’s health care law.” That’s a question designed to produce an outcome if I’ve ever seen one.
Georgia’s own Tom Graves is the author of the House bill that would prevent the Executive branch from spending money on anything related to the ACA. That does not shut down the government, it provides no funds for the program. Agree or disagree with Graves’ bill but it is certainly within Congress’ authority to fund or not to fund programs as they see fit.
Reasonable people can argue whether defunding Obamacare is the best path to take, and there are people I respect on both sides of the argument, but please don’t pretend Republicans are threatening to shut the government down.
By the way, Graves’ bill has over 100 co-sponsors. I’d say that signals strong support within the House GOP Caucus for the idea. At the very least, the bill should be debated and Graves given the chance to try to convince his colleagues his approach is the right one.
On a related note, here are the results of the survey from the Gwinnett GOP on the subject. While respondents overwhelmingly want the ACA defunded, most thought the GOP would be blamed should the government shut down.