Republicans In Freefall: Majorities In US and GOP Oppose Govt. Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Stands Up To Bullies

A new Quinnipiac University Poll has found that 69% of Americans and 56% of Republicans oppose shutting down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood.

According to Quinnipiac:

American voters oppose 69 – 23 percent, including 56 – 36 percent among Republicans, shutting down the federal government in the dispute over funding Planned Parenthood.


By a smaller 52 – 41 percent, voters oppose cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. There is a large gender gap as men support a fund cutoff 49 – 44 percent while women oppose the cutoff 60 – 34 percent. Opposition to the cutoff is 82 – 12 percent among Democrats and 56 – 37 percent among independent voters. Republicans support the cutoff 71 – 25 percent.

Republicans will be catering to a small minority of anti-choice extremists within their own party if they shut down the government over Planned Parenthood. It is widely expected that the Republican Congressional leadership will cave and pass a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the government open this week.

The problem for Republicans is that a short-term CR will only delay the inevitable fight within their party. The idea of shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood isn’t going to more any more popular three months from now than it is today.

Republican voters want Planned Parenthood defunded, but they refuse to acknowledge the reality that their party doesn’t have the power to accomplish this goal. Without 60 votes in the Senate and a Republican in the White House, funding for Planned Parenthood isn’t going anywhere.

The party is caught is a web of its own extremism. Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to provoke a government shutdown to jumpstart their flatlined presidential campaigns.

Planned Parenthood is not going to be defunded, and if Republicans shut down the government, they are going to get hammered on Election Day. Democrats won’t be blamed for a government shutdown.

The Republican refusal to embrace reality could pave the way for Democrats to keep the White House and take back the Senate, but Republicans had to pick a fight that they were never going to win.

11 Replies to “Republicans In Freefall: Majorities In US and GOP Oppose Govt. Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood”

  1. Ironic that idiotic gestures by Cruz and Lee’s ilk only
    served to galvanize opposition to their goal of taking
    American government down. Eyes are opening and
    the tea ain’t as sweet as they hoped it would taste in
    2010 when those fools were sent to Washington.
    Chase those crazy baldheads outta town!

  2. I don’t think it will make any difference to the crazies on how many Americans are against the shutdown. The last time they shut down the government they were rewarded by taking over the Senate and increasing their lead in the house.

  3. These people think that they are authoritarian. Saying that you speak for the majority does not erase reality. It is also a staple of law that mob rule does not trump the constitution.


    A nondescript meeting room in the United States Capitol. September, 2015.


    John Boehner: “Guys we’ve been through this a few times already, remember? And remember how it always backfires and we end up looking worse because people like Obama and we kinda come off as a bunch of assholes?”
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  5. So evidently Ms. Snarly is not as effective as she thinks. Maybe the falling stage last night put the fear of God into some folks who needed a slap upside the head. How many lies can one tell before they bite you in the butt?

  6. They are counting on that, but I think even the dumbest are now realizing that since then, the GOP has done nothing for them. Ending government will mean chaos in this nation. We need a strong central government. Do people think that clean air and water are magic gifts from God, and we can’t ruin them? Other than Sarah Palin, I doubt anyone believes that sewer plants should be privatized and have no regulations. They stomp their feet and make big pronouncements, but that’s it. There are no helpful plans, no positive things being said by anyone on the right. Trump declaring how ‘great’ he is every 10 minutes means nothing. Carson denying all his scientific knowledge is just ridiculous. And Florina is the biggest liar of them all, and is being exposed. We will win this.

  7. …are the Teahadists,{et al}surprised because they LIED too many times; and now nobody {except fanatics} buys thier act???
    …and do they really think we are gonna let We the People forget the BS they spread in the primaries when the Generals roll around???
    …tune in again NEXT time when Tez Crud yells “I didn’t try to shut the Government down twice and succeed once!!! IT WAS OBAMA!!!”

  8. Sally, since you’ve brought “bite” into that big GOP equation: Republicans love pain more than going to hootenannys at the church Wednesday evenings. If it refers to pain, torture, soul beatings, I guarantee they’d enjoy getting bitten in the cheeks. They love pain, some of them have ended up with children as a result of pain induced libido. Na’ bites in the ass, wouldn’t phase them. They like pain so passionately that some have gone to hell during a painful episode, but went to hell smiling. Republican pleasures.

  9. You know what I find interesting? How these polls identify “x% of Americans AND x% of Republicans” as if they are two different populations…which essentially they have become.

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