This afternoon, 80 House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor demanding the House refuse to pass any legislation to fund the federal government – even continuing appropriations – if it includes funding for the Affordable Care Act.
But according to analysis of a recent GOP-sponsored poll, Americans – Republicans and Democrats – overwhelmingly oppose this foolish, dangerous idea.
Overall, 71 percent of those surveyed opposed a shutdown, while 23 percent favored a shutdown. Among Republicans, 53 percent opposed, versus 37 percent who favored.
Although it was favored by one demographic segment – it is a familiar one for House Republicans:
Republican men favored a shutdown by a narrow 48 percent to 44 percent margin.
What about Republican women?
…Republican women opposed it by an enormous 61 percent to 29 percent margin.
From the National Journal:
… a growing problem that is worrying Republicans: Women are badly underrepresented within their party in the Congress. Only 8 percent of House Republicans are women, and the Senate has only four female Republicans. Of the long list of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders, not a single woman is on it.
How many of the signers of today’s letter to Speaker Boehner are men?