By Sam Baker - 07/31/13 01:37 PM EDT
Forty-seven percent of registered voters said they would be less likely to vote for their member of Congress if he or she signs on to the shutdown threat, compared with just 28 percent who would be more likely to support a member of Congress because of the shutdown threat.
Even without the threat of a government shutdown, delaying and defunding the healthcare law was an unpopular strategy in the Morning Consult survey.
When asked how Congress should approach the healthcare law, 33 percent said Congress should make changes to improve it, while 23 percent said Congress should either let it take effect or expand it. Thirty percent supported repealing the law, while just 4 percent said Congress should delay and defund it.
Registered voters were also likely to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt on its decision to delay the healthcare law's employer mandate by one year.
Fifty-six percent said the delay shows that the administration is willing to compromise, compared with 44 percent who said the delay shows that the law is unworkable.
However, in the wake of the employer mandate's delay, 28 percent of registered voters said the law's individual mandate should also be delayed — the same argument congressional Republicans have made. Nearly half — 49 percent — said the individual mandate should be repealed, compared with just 24 percent who said it should be implemented on schedule.
The Morning Consult tracking poll sampled more than 2,000 registered voters in online interviews between July 24-26. The margin of error was plus or minus 2 percentage points, according to the pollster.