The survey of 1,000 registered voters done July 31 and August 1, asked the question, “Some members of Congress have proposed shutting down the government as a way to defund the president's health care law” and asked respondents whether they favored or opposed that plan.
- Opposed: 71 percent
- In favor of the plan: 23 percent
- Among Republicans, 53 percent opposed, 37 percent favored it
Demographically among those identifying themselves as registered Republicans, men slightly favored the shutdown --48-44 percent-- while women overwhelmingly opposed it, 61-29 percent.
The poll was done for Republican members of Congress by David Winston, a longtime pollster for the GOP leadership.
Greg Sargent at the Washington Post notes that tea party lawmakers still continues to spin this as the fault of Democrats refusing to cooperate. Despite having failed to offer a meaningful alternative 30 months after promising one, writes Sargent, House Republicans look dysfunctional not because of their endless attempts to repeal a law that isn't going to be repealed, but because they're arguing that "Obama is not cooperating with their efforts to repeal his signature domestic achievement."
Even Bill O'Reilly is criticizing the GOP effort to defund Obamacare, calling it "fanaticism." The Fox News host said last Thursday that such "fanaticism on the right" is hurting more than it's helping --both the country and Republicans. "Why bother alienating independent Americans by embracing a futile exercise?" he asked.
When Bill O'Reilly is the voice of reason and questioning your actions, some might argue that you've truly gone off the deep end.