A wide majority -- 72 percent of the American people -- oppose shutting down the government to cut off funding for the new health care law, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Oct. 1.
This is consistent with other public surveys that have shown Americans opposed to the Republican strategy of allowing the government to shut down over the health care law even if they oppose the law itself. ("Poll: Don't Shut Down the Government Over Obamacare")
While concern over viability of the Affordable Care Act is widespread, a recent CNN poll reveals that those in favor of the law, when added to those who oppose it because it is "not liberal enough", are greater than those who opposed the law because it is "too liberal" -- 49 percent compared with 39 percent. ("CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame")
It is easy to see why President Obama's poignant remark: "One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election," resonates so well with the American people. (Cited in National Memo, "U.S. 'Federal Government Shuts Down")
In a democracy, people overturn laws by winning elections, not by threatening the closure of government or even an outright default. A solid victory for Democrats in the 2014 elections is now a prerequisite for democratic government.