As the far-right wing of the Republican party, both in Congress and on talk radio and other outlets, persistently demand that the House Republicans shut down the government if Obama doesn’t agree to defund Obamacare — which he isn’t going to do — a new survey by a GOP pollster shows that even Republicans don’t support that.
A new poll done for Republican members of Congress has found huge public opposition, and solid opposition among Republicans, to the idea of shutting down the government over the issue of funding Obamacare.
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.
This is a good situation in which to observe just how much the far-right tail wags the Republican dog.