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08/22/2013 01:39 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2013

Most Republican Voters Oppose The Republican Plan To Shut Down The Government

A poll conducted for Republican members of Congress found that Republican voters oppose shutting down the government to defund President Barack Obama's health care law, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

The poll, conducted by Republican pollster David Winston, found that 53 percent of Republican voters opposed shutting down the government to defund Obamacare, while 37 percent supported it. Among all registered voters surveyed, 71 percent opposed a shutdown while 23 percent supported it.

The poll is yet another sign of trouble for the tactic championed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Republicans to try to force a showdown over Obamacare and the budget.

Numerous Senate Republicans, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), have pushed back against using the tactic.

A poll by Heritage Action for America, which favors the push to defund the law, asked a similar question but phrased it very differently. The poll found that almost 60 percent of likely voters in 10 Republican-leaning districts would support a "slowdown" in nonessential services.

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