A new Rasmussen poll shows that 42% of likely Republican voters think that threatening to vote against a government funding bill unless it cuts off funds for the health care law will help the GOP.
The carefully worded question makes no mention of a “government shutdown” or placing the blame on either party.
“Will threatening to vote against a government funding bill unless it cuts off funding for the president’s health care law help the Republican party, hurt the Republican party or have no impact?” the question asked.
Only 28 percent of Republicans disagreed, believing that it would hurt the party.
Fourteen percent of voters said it will have no impact, and 16 percent of voters were not sure.
The poll suggests that the loaded phrase “government shutdown” makes all the difference.
A Winston poll released on August 22 showed that 71 percent of Republicans opposed a government shutdown showdown on Obamacare when it was included in the wording of the question.
“Some members of Congress have proposed shutting down the government as a way to defund the president’s health care law,” the Winston poll noted before asking Republicans if they supported the measure.
Only 23 percent of Republicans favored the idea.