Survey: Don’t Shut Down Government to Stop Obamacare
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country found that Americans oppose defunding the Affordable Care Act by a margin of 44 percent to 38 percent. Not only are many Americans against defunding health care reform, but respondents’ opposition increased when asked if they supported defunding it at the cost of a government shutdown. To that query, 19 percent said that Obamacare should be defunded even if the government is shut down as a result, while 59 percent answered no, and 22 percent were unsure.
Breaking down those figures further shows, unsurprisingly, that opinion is quite partisan.
Generally, excluding the possibility of a government shutdown, a 51 percent majority of Republicans, 40 percent of independents, 36 percent of Republicans who do not identify themselves as Tea Party supporters, and only 26 percent of Democrats want Obamacare to be defunded. Of any group, independents appear to be most troubled by the prospect of defunding health care reform, opposing the measure by a small plurality of 44 percent to 40 percent. When the possibility of a government shutdown was included, the number of independents against the measure increased to 65 percent.