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Poll: Broad distaste for shutdown as health law tactic

  • Article by: New York Times
  • October 3, 2013 - 8:49 PM

A wide majority of Americans disapprove of shutting down the federal government over differences about the 2010 health care law, including a majority of those who oppose the law, according to the latest CBS News poll.

Americans are also overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the way things are going in Washington. More than 4 in 10 now say they are angry, up 13 percentage points since March.

The poll, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, found that 72 percent disapprove of partially shutting down the government because of differences over the Affordable Care Act, including 59 percent of respondents who do not approve of the health care law. Large majorities of independents and Democrats disapprove; nearly half of Republicans and most supporters of the Tea Party movement approve.

More than 7 in 10 say Congress should place a higher priority on passing a resolution to get the government running again, rather than stopping some provisions of the health care law. And two-thirds say any budget pact should be kept separate from discussions about funding the health care law; just a quarter, including a slight majority of Republicans, say a deal should also cut off funding for the law.

While both sides are rated negatively in their handling of budget negotiations, Republicans are even more so: 72 percent disapprove of the way they are handling the debate, compared with 61 percent disapproval for Obama and congressional Democrats.

The national poll was conducted among 1,021 adults using landlines and cellphones and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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