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Survey: Most Americans Against Defunding Obamacare

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J. Scott Applewhite/APConservative Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, center, and Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, right, are keen on obstructing the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
By Steve Leisman

A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent.

Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure. The final 4 percent is a group of people who want to defund Obamacare, but become unsure when asked if they still hold that view if it means shutting down the government.

The Republican-party-led House voted 230-189 on Friday to adopt a short-term government spending bill that would eliminate all funding for the new health care law. The measure could lead to a government shutdown in less than two weeks. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, was conducted Monday through Thursday last week. Full results will be released this Thursday.

In general, men are roughly split on the issue, with 43 percent supporting defunding, 42 percent opposing and 15 percent unsure. But when the issue of a government shutdown and default is included their support declines: 56 percent oppose defunding and only 14 percent solidly favor the measure.

Women are more firmly opposed to defunding the new health care law under any circumstances, with 47 percent opposed, 33 percent in favor and 20 percent unsure.

A 51 percent majority of Republicans generally support defunding with 36 percent opposed and 13 percent unsure. However, when including the issue of a government shutdown and default, the picture changes: 48 percent of Republicans oppose defunding Obamacare, while 36 percent support it.

However, a 54 percent majority of Republicans who also identify themselves as tea party supporters want the new health care law defunded even if it means a government shutdown -- the only demographic measured in the poll with such a majority.

Republicans who don't identify themselves as tea party supporters hold views closer to those of Democrats than to Republicans who do identify themselves as tea party supporters: They oppose defunding Obamacare 44 percent to 36 percent with 20 percent unsure.

Independents are more troubled by the prospect of defunding Obamacare and shutting down the government than the broader population. In general, they oppose defunding by a slight plurality of 44 percent to 40 percent. However, when the issue of shutting down the government is included, opposition to the measure swells to 65 percent, while support drops to just 14 percent.


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Adele

Always remember -The curse of the Republican Party:
Reagan's Legacy; Dwell amoment on No. 12.
1) Increased the National Debt by 189% ($998 billion to $2.6 trillion)
no one else comes close.
2) Converted millions of high paying union jobs into low paying nonunion jobs.
3) Cut spending on healthcare leaving ex- servicem­en, disabled people,
and old without any support .
4) Doubled the number of poor in the country.
5) Turned the US from the major exporter of manufactur­ed goods in the
world to major importer of manufactur­ed goods.
6) Turned US from a net importer of raw natural resources into a
nation that exported raw natural resources (just like a third-worl­¬d
country).
7) Funded terrorists and tried to trade arms for hostages.
8) Funded and aided Saddam with his WMD.
9) Reagan encouraged corruption­, allowing companies to sell $25 toilet
seats to military for $360 and $8 hammers for $120.
10) Reagan cut income taxes on working class but increased payroll
taxes and mandated contributions­ to Medicare and Social Security
but did so in such a way that top 1% paid 15% less than they did
before by limiting their deductions on first $61,000 but the
working poorest had theirs increased 15%.
11) Reagan took a staggering 436 vacation days at his ranch in 8 years.
12) Allowed Rupert Murdoch to circumvent the immigratio­n laws to
purchase American media sources.
13) Ignored the impending AIDS epidemic because it mostly affected Them People.
14) Encouraged neo-conservatives and their fanatical religion to enter
politics.
.. Republicans NEVER CHANGE. They just blame all their mistakes and rabid-dog tendancies on Democrats. That is their life story. FOREVER..

October 06 2013 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

I'm evan / somey / party / poops.
Obama makes my heart do loops.
Forget the lie of change and hope.
I'm the Socialist/Commie's dope.

September 25 2013 at 2:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hugh_geenormous

Why does obamacare need to be replaced? Just get rid of the POS.

September 24 2013 at 6:03 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

Of course the "takers" want something for nothing. Those of us paying for it...........not so much.

September 24 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
hugh_geenormous

Some people forget what happens to supply and pricing when demand jumps, either naturally or artificially.

September 24 2013 at 7:35 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
hugh_geenormous

Obama = tyrant

September 23 2013 at 9:29 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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fire.teapartyin2014.bob

tea party = whacko birds.

September 24 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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hugh_geenormous

EB spongebob = liar

September 24 2013 at 12:20 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down
hugh_geenormous

Well.....800 people from a CNBC poll.....now there's a real represntative sample.

September 23 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
hugh_geenormous

It woukd be helpful to know the polling methid used.....because anything NBC can't be trusted with them being caught modifying audio and video to support their agenda.

September 23 2013 at 9:27 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
hugh_geenormous

Average American family will see increases of over $7,200

September 23 2013 at 9:23 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
klugsw

Don't you get tired of misleading headlines? Is this journalism?

September 23 2013 at 3:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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theycallmeroy3

I agree. I think Ted Cruz should pin an article titled: ' I lied to you because I didn't want to see you cry. The truth is, people from Harvard, in the end we stick together.'

September 23 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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hugh_geenormous

Where should he pin it?

September 23 2013 at 11:02 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down