From a CBSnews.com report by By Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backuson on a CBS news poll conducted by telephone October 1-2, 2013 among 1,021 adults nationwide and released yesterday:
Fully 72 percent of Americans disapprove of shutting down the federal government over differences on the Affordable Care Act…
…Two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans think any agreement on the budget should be kept separate from discussions on the health care law. Twenty-six percent (including slightly more than half of Republicans) think any budget agreement should also cut off funding for the law.
…Americans disapprove of how both sides are handling the budget negotiations, but more disapprove of congressional Republicans (72 percent) than President Obama and the Democrats in Congress (61 percent).
In the current budget debate, Americans think President Obama and the Democrats (48 percent) are more concerned than the Republicans in Congress (37 percent) about doing what is best for their family.
More generally, most Americans (61 percent) think congressional Republicans oppose the policies proposed by Barack Obama and the Democrats mostly to stop Democrats from gaining political advantage rather than because of a disagreement over policy. Americans are divided (47 percent to 43 percent) when considering why the president and Democrats oppose Republican policies.
…Republicans in Congress receive more of the blame for the shutdown: 44 percent of Americans blame them, while 35 percent put more blame on President Obama and the Democrats in Congress.
The grim news for the Republicans in the CBS poll is generally consistent with what other polls have recently indicated. But Republicans ought to be very nervous about this poll, since the “blame” questions are more probing than usual.