MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Republican Party gambled quite a bit on a government shutdown Monday night and the early returns show the GOP may be holding a hand of Aces over Eights, also known as the dead man’s hand.
According to the latest Quinnipiac Polling released Tuesday, by a 72-22 percent margin, voters opposed Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.READ MORE: Dramatic Drop In COVID Patients At South Florida Hospitals
Republicans supported a federal government shutdown 49-44 percent. Opposition is very strong among Democrats (90-6 percent) and among independent voters, 74-19 percent.
Further, the poll found voters also opposed by a 64-27 percent margin, blocking an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as a way to derail the ACA. All of this comes despite the law, also known as Obamacare, still has voters divided by a 45-47 percent margin of favorability/unfavorability.READ MORE: Cuban Leader Miguel Diaz Canel Blasts US At UN General Assembly
Voters are extremely dissatisfied with the work of Congress in general. The Q-Poll found that voters give Republicans in Congress a disapproval rating of 74-17 percent. The Democrats weren’t much better with a 60-32 percent disapproval to approval rating.
Fifty-five percent of voters blamed Republicans for the gridlock in Washington while 33 percent said it was Obama’s lack of skill for the gridlock.MORE NEWS: Police Respond To 'Active Shooter' Situation At Kroger In Tennessee
Finally, the poll asked about the 2014 Congressional races and voters picked a generic Democrat over a generic Republican by a 43-34 percent. Still, it’s 13 months before an election and anything can happen to change the dynamics completely.