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GOP Has Made Health Care Law More Popular

October 11, 2013

GOP shutdown has had one benefit.

It has made the Affordable Health Care Law, the very thing the conservatives were riled about, even more popular.


Here are maybe the most worrisome numbers for the GOP in our poll: After the shutdown, the health-care law has become MORE popular, and a majority believes the government should be doing MORE. Per the poll, 38% see the health-care law as a good idea, versus 43% who see it as a bad idea — up from 31% good idea, 44% bad idea last month. In addition, 50% say they oppose totally eliminating funding for the law. That’s up from 44% who said they opposed that move in a Sept. 2013 CNBC poll. And by a 52%-to-44% margin, respondents believe the government should do more to solve problems. Back in June, the public was split, 48% to 48%, on whether the government should do more or less. “That is an ideological boomerang,” says NBC/WSJ co-pollster Bill McInturff (R). “As the debate has been going on, if there is a break, there is a break against the Republican position.”

Clearly the GOP is making plans, and I suspect fast ones, on how to surrender to reality, and end the government shutdown.  Many observers are predicting Tuesday will be ‘white-flag’ day for the teabaggers.

I think after this fiasco for the Republicans we will not hear of a government shutdown for a very long time.


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