Not Even Republicans Support GOP Plan for Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has found that nearly seven out of 10 Americans, 69%, do not support the petulant republican threats to shutdown the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

Just 23% of Americans support a shutdown, or less than a quarter of the population.

While what the people in general want may not concern conservative politicians, what should have them rethinking their strategy is the fact that not even their own party supports the threats.  A majority of 56% to 36% republican voters also oppose a shutdown.

Even presidential candidate Jeb Bush has opposed the idea, asserting that holding the federal budget hostage is “wrongheaded” and “futile.” In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush asserted:

“I am against the government shutdown. That’s not how democracy works.”

Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina, who owes her surge in the polls to a passionate speech about Planned Parenthood “butchery” footage that does not exist, is continuing her wave of crazy, refusing to acknowledge facts, and blaming the Democrats. Fiorina stated on Meet the Press:

“If the president of the United States and Democrats are willing to stand up and defend this practice and shut down the government over it, then let them explain it to the American people.”

When told, once again, that the footage she described is stock footage and has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood by Chuck Todd of NBC, it went in one ear and out the other.  Fiorina countered:

“No one can deny this is happening because it is happening.”

Oddly, should the shutdown happen, 37% of those polled agree with Fiorina that Obama and congressional Democrats would be to blame.  Meanwhile, 39% will blame congressional Republicans and 14% believe everyone would be equally at fault.

Thankfully, the odds of a shutdown have greatly decreased following House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement on Friday. His plan to step down will allow him to pass a “clean” bill to fund the government without fear of consequences from members of his party.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Sept. 17-21, surveying 1,574 registered voters nationwide with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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