“Is your opinion of Planned Parenthood favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about it?”

    Favorable Unfavorable Haven’t
heard enough
    % % % %  


43 38 17 1  

“Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”

    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
    % % %    


41 51 9    


66 25 9    


13 80 7    


47 44 9    

“Would you support or oppose shutting down the government over differences about federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”



“Who would you blame more for a government shutdown: the Republicans in Congress, or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?”

    Republicans Obama and
equally (vol.)
No answer
    % % % %  


41 33 17 9  

Monmouth University Poll. July 30-Aug. 2, 2015. N=1,203 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.8.

“Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Planned Parenthood, or do you have no opinion?”

    Favorable Unfavorable No opinion Not
familiar (vol.)
    % % % %  

7/30 – 8/2/15

37 26 34 3  

“Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”

    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    

7/30 – 8/2/15

39 49 11    

“Do you agree or disagree that scientists should be able to use fetal tissue from abortions to find cures for deadly diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?”

    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    

7/30 – 8/2/15

58 33 9


If you are looking at numbers, and that is pretty much what it is, do you really want to go into an election with an 8 point spread? Those supporters of holding the line over Planned Parenthood are clueless and don’t grasp the reality of their own political viewpoints vs. other Americans.

Some people are willing to crater the stock market and cost the government in excess of 2 billion dollars just to get their own way? Sounds like terrorism to me. Terrorism exists in many forms, including economic terrorism.

Do the math. Just because you are louder and call more names doesn’t mean that you are right. Proceed at your own peril.

4 Thoughts to “Government shut down–who is the perceived villain?”

  1. ed myers

    If a funding bill did reach the president with a clause preventing the funding of PP from any budgeted moneys, can the executive branch use the line item veto on that item while accepting the rest and then go ahead and fund PP using HHS funds? Government stays open and Congress needs 2/3 to override the veto.

    Is there a lawyer in the house?

  2. Cargosquid

    @ed myers
    The President doesn’t have a line item veto power nor can he fund anything legally without the Congress’ approval.

    1. Perhaps he or she should have line item veto power.

      the tax payers don’t have that either.

  3. ed myers

    I guess I’ll do my own research:

    “Congress attempted to grant this power to the president by the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 to control “pork barrel spending”, but in 1998 the US Supreme Court ruled the act to be unconstitutional in a 6-3 decision in Clinton v. City of New York. The court found that exercise of the line-item veto is tantamount to a unilateral amendment or repeal of only parts of statutes authorizing federal spending, and therefore violated the Presentment Clause of the United States Constitution. As a result, it appears that a federal line-item veto will only be possible through amendment of the US Constitution. Prior to that ruling, President Clinton applied the line-item veto to the federal budget 82 times.”

    I didn’t remember the Supreme Court case that struck down the line item veto but had it survived the power of the Obama pen would be even mightier.

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