Talk about a clear direction. A poll conducted for GOP members of Congress finds more than 2/3rds of Americans oppose shutting down the government to defund Obamacare.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York runs down the results. Overall, 71% oppose a government shutdown to stop the Affordable Care Act. Among Republicans, 53% are opposed to the maneuver.
The survey also finds that Republican women oppose the move while a plurality of Republican men are okay with a shutdown.
Among Republicans who called themselves conservative, those who said they are very conservative favored shutdown by 63 percent to 27 percent, while those who said they are somewhat conservative opposed shutdown by 62 percent to 31 percent. Overall, Republicans who call themselves conservative were evenly split on the issue, 46 percent to 46 percent.
Conservative Republicans make up about 19 percent of the entire electorate. Of that number about nine percent call themselves very conservative, while ten percent say they are somewhat conservative. What the poll suggests is that even that conservative cohort is deeply split on the defunding initiative.