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Most Americans oppose House Republicans' anti-Obamacare strategy: poll

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A new poll shows that most Americans oppose the House GOP’s attempts to tie the defunding of Obamacare to the funding of government operations.

The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll showed that 63 percent of those surveyed think Congress should approve funding for government operations and deal with the health care law separately, compared with 27 percent who say lawmakers should only fund the government if President Obama agrees to delay or withdraw his signature domestic achievement.

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The survey shows that Republicans — by a 51 percent to 42 percent margin — oppose the House GOP’s plan, while 78 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents also want to take up the funding of government and the Affordable Care Act separately.

The poll also showed that 80 percent of black voters opposed the plan.

Last week, the Republican-controlled House passed a continuing funding resolution largely along party lines that would keep government running beyond Sept 30, the end of the fiscal year, and also included a provision to not pay for Obamacare.

The Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to take up the proposal this week and strip the defunding provision from the bill.

Some Republicans have warned that Republicans would pay a political price if the anti-Obamacare push leads to a political shutdown.

The survey of interviewed 1,003 adults was done Sept. 19-22 and carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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