Sorry Ted Cruz, But Americans Don’t Want Another Government Shutdown

Ted Cruz is working on shutting the government down if we don’t defund Planned Parenthood. This is nothing new– Ted Cruz always wants to shut the government down if he doesn’t get exactly the budget he wants. He seems to believe he’s doing something noble, and that this is what Americans want. However, a new poll from CNN shows that’s not the case.

The question is below, along with how Americans answered:

On a regular basis, Congress must pass bills that authorize the federal government to spend money for a certain amount of time. When that time expires, the government must shut down until Congress passes a new spending bill. Which do you think is more important?

  • Approving a budget agreement that would avoid a government shutdown: 71%
  • Eliminating all federal funding for Planned Parenthood: 22%
  • Both equal (vol.): 5%
  • No opinion: 5%

Basically, Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the idea of shutting down the government again, despite Ted Cruz’ claims that it would be all Obama’s fault if that happened. It appears that Cruz is failing to convince Americans of that.

Republicans tried that gambit during the 2013 shutdown as well. They said it was then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s fault for not cooperating. They also said it was President Obama’s fault for refusing to work with Republicans. In short, they tried to make it everyone’s fault but theirs, and in the end, the American people ended up blaming the GOP for it anyway.

CNN went into some detail on these results, and the poll also shows that 84 percent of Democrats, along with 74 percent of independents, don’t want to shut the government down over Planned Parenthood. By contrast, 48 percent of Republicans say avoiding a shutdown is more important, and 44 percent of Republicans say defunding Planned Parenthood is more important.

CNN also notes that, even among people who say abortion should be illegal in most, or all, cases, 63 percent say that approving a budget to keep the government running is more important than defunding Planned Parenthood. In other words, Ted Cruz and whoever supports his efforts to shut the government down in yet another failed bid to force Congress to bend to his will are living on another planet, in another dimension, with another reality.

CNN polled 1,012 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Even with that, though, the differences aren’t within the margin of error. Ted Cruz would be wise to pay attention to this poll, if he won’t listen to his fellow Republicans. Even they aren’t nearly as on board with this as they were in 2013.


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