With Orange Julius on the way out, the conventional wisdom is that the nutjobs will be sated long enough to get some long-term funding deals done and to get America out of “lurching from GOP-created crisis to GOP-created crisis” mode. I’m not buying that simply because when you reward bullies, they don’t back down. But if House Republicans really do want to shut the government down this week over Planned Parenthood, they’re not going to have very much support.
Nearly seven in 10 Americans — 69 percent — oppose shutting down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood, according to the results of a new national Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
Just 23 percent support closing the government over the dispute. Even among Republicans, a majority of 56 percent to 36 percent opposes a shutdown due to Planned Parenthood.
At the same time, 44 percent to 39 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, with a significant gender gap. Among women, 50 percent to 35 percent approve of the group, while men disapprove, 43 percent to 38 percent.
But as far as cutting off funding to the group, 52 percent said they would oppose doing so, compared with 41 percent who supported such an action. Women opposed such an action by a wide margin — 60 percent to 34 percent — while men responding to the survey supported an end to federal funding 49 percent to 44 percent.
Not even Republicans want to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood at this point. Well, Republican men do, but that’s it. We’ll see where it goes, but this is a fight the GOP has already lost.