Poll: ObamaCare gains popularity amid shutdown

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That is the third highest rating for the healthcare law since it was enacted, according to the poll. Its rating peaked in July 2012, with 40 percent of the public believing it was a good idea. 

A plurality of people, however, continue to have a negative view of the law. Forty-three percent think it is a bad idea, including 38 percent who feel strongly about their decision. And 17 percent have no opinion. 

Conservative Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) — spent the August recess lobbying to tie the healthcare law to a deal to fund the government. And House Republicans have passed a series of measures to strip or defund the law, which have stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate. 

Approval of Republicans has dipped to 24 percent as the majority of the public blames the GOP for the shutdown, according to the poll. 

A majority, 50 percent, oppose totally eliminating funding for ObamaCare.

Only 23 percent of people would continue a government shutdown in order to strip funding from the law. Another 13 percent favor totally eliminating funding, but not at the expense of a shutdown. 

As the clock has ticked down on Congress to raise the debt ceiling before Oct. 17, the funding fight has become enmeshed with negotiations about a borrowing-limit increase. And many Republicans have moved away from the demand that ObamaCare be part of a deal.

Forty-percent of people agree with President Obama’s position that he should not negotiate about the budget or his healthcare law until the government is reopened and the debt ceiling is raised, while 43 percent oppose his position. 

The poll surveyed 800 national adults and has a 3.46 percent margin of error.