CBS poll shows shutdown more unpopular than ObamaCare

posted at 8:41 am on October 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The good news for Republicans? A new CBS News poll shows ObamaCare just as unpopular as it was before the shutdown in a survey taken on the first day of both government rollouts.  The bad news? Even those who oppose ObamaCare aren’t happy to have a government shutdown over it, and more blame is accruing to the GOP — at least so far:

On day three of the partial government shutdown, a new CBS News poll reveals that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the shutdown and more are blaming Republicans than President Obama and the Democrats for it.

Fully 72 percent of Americans disapprove of shutting down the federal government over differences on the Affordable Care Act; just 25 percent approve of this action. Republicans are divided: 48 percent approve, while 49 percent disapprove. Most tea party supporters approve of the government shutdown – 57 percent of them do. Disapproval of the shutdown is high among Democrats and independents. This CBS News poll was conducted after the partial government shutdown began on October 1.

Views of the Affordable Care Act are related to views of the shutdown. Those who like the health care law also overwhelmingly disapprove of shutting down the government. There is more support for the shutdown among Americans who don’t like the 2010 health care law. Thirty-eight percent of them approve of the shutdown but even more, 59 percent, disapprove.

The blame tilts more to Republicans than Barack Obama, but not overwhelmingly so at 44/35, respectively.  Sixteen percent still can’t decide who to blame more, and yesterday’s debacle with the WWII memorial and Harry Reid can’t have improved the situation for Democrats.  CBS also notes that their poll in the November 1995 shutdown put blame on Republicans by nearly a 2:1 ratio, 51/28, in relation to Bill Clinton.  That’s not a good sign for Democrats, either.

So what should each side do next? The overwhelming response from all demographics is compromise. Over the whole sample, 76% want Obama and the Democrats to compromise, and 78% want House Republicans to compromise. Sixty-one percent of Democrats want to see compromise from their own side, and 59% of Republicans feel the same way.

That suggests that the “clean CR or else” and “I won’t negotiate” messaging from Reid and Obama will eventually backfire, especially as House Republicans send individual appropriations with little disagreement to the Senate only to get them rejected out of hand. That Kabuki theater last night at the White House may end up backfiring after raising expectations that Democrats were preparing to negotiate after all.

Of course, there is considerable political pressure on both sides to remain obstinate.  RCP’s Scott Conroy talked with CBS News about the polling, and about the pressure from safe districts:

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You want to get rid of Obamacare great fine, you know what I will even help you but we need to do it by winning elections and sad to say we lost the last one. Meanwhile while everyone is so happy to be making a polo cal point I am just trying to figure out how to pay for next months mortgage.

falcaner on October 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I don’t know what the tipping point will be. But the powers that be in government (both parties) and in the media are hell bent on pushing us into socialism

When? When will we say this far and no further?

I don’t know the answer; I’m not that smart, not that wise. I wish I was of the Sons of Issachar who could discern the times.

But if someone like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, or Jim DeMint takes to the airwaves or cyberspace and says, “Obama, we will not take it anymore” I’m down with the fight.

I do not wish to make light of your situation. With mouths to feed and homes to provide, people are well advised to count the costs. But many have grown up without fathers and mothers because those brave people died giving and protecting our God-given rights. I pray to God it doesn’t come to that now.

What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!~Patrick Henry

It would serve all of us well to read Henry’s entire speech:

davidk on October 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

What are the internals? Today’s pollsters can come up with any result they wish depending on whom they poll and how the questions are worded.

bw222 on October 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The whole government is not shut down and the sequester wasn’t to blame for the loss of your job. If I were you I’d be looking for a position where I’d be a little less non-essential. Contractors usually make good money but they are always the first to go. That’s true in the government and in private industry.

Oldnuke on October 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Well sequester actually was the reason I lost my last position but your point on contractors is well taken. This is NOT what I am planing on doing long term. Its just a stopgap until I can go into what I want which is law enforcement. This is just a stop in the road to test me strength I guess bu it too shall pass

falcaner on October 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM

how about a nice game of Solitaire…

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

So, Bishop, was that a veiled reference to “The Manchurian Candidate?”

texasmagnolia on October 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM