Quinnipiac University released a timely national poll this morning that shows widespread voter discontent with both parties in Congress, and the Republican strategy in particular in the budget fight that has brought a partial government shutdown. From the Quinnipiac announcement:
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.
Voters also oppose 64 – 27 percent blocking an increase in the nation\’s debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.
American voters are divided on Obamacare, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, but they are opposed 58 – 34 percent to Congress cutting off funding for the health care law to stop its implementation.
Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49 – 44 percent margin, but opposition is 90 – 6 percent among Democrats and 74 – 19 percent among independent voters.
President Barack Obama gets a negative 45 – 49 percent overall job approval rating, compared to his 46 – 48 percent score August 2.