"House of Turds": The Front Page That Sums Up What 74 Percent of Voters Are Thinking

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Oct. 1 2013 9:38 AM

Today's NYDN Front Page Sums Up What 74 Percent of Voters Are Thinking

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You can take a full tour of today's shutdown-themed front pages over at the Newseum, but trust me, it doesn't get any better than this one from the New York Daily News.

A new Quinnipiac poll out this morning highlights just how unpopular the House strategy has been: By a 72-22 margin, voters opposed Congress shutting down the federal government to block the implementation of Obamacare. Even though Americans were divided on the merits of the healthcare law itself—with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed—they were against the idea of Congress cutting off funding for the law, 58 percent to 34 percent.

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Self-identified Republican voters backed the shutdown by a narrow 49-44 margin, but that's where the support ended. Democrats (90-6 oppose) and independents (74-19) overwhelmingly were against the shutdown. And while Obama receives a negative 45-49 job approval rating in the poll, those figures look like a standing ovation compared to the 74 percent of respondents who said they disapproved of the job Republicans are doing in Congress. More poll results here.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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