Poll: Political Peril Building for Republicans

So far, the shutdown looks like it’s backfiring on Congressional Republicans. A new poll says Americans oppose shutting down the federal government to block Obamacare by a 3-1 margin. Additionally, Democrats have opened a 9-point lead on the generic Congressional ballot over Republicans (43-34%).

The Quinnipiac poll says voters oppose the current government shutdown by a 72-22% margin. The same group opposes using the debt ceiling as a way to block Obamacare by a 64-27% tally.

But, it’s not all good news for the president as voters are sharply divided along partisan lines. 

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. 

American voters disapprove 74 – 17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60 – 32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.