A new CNN/ORC poll shows that 71 percent of Americans think it is more important for Congress to approve a budget and avert a government shutdown than having federal funding for Planned Parenthood eliminated.
By comparison, just 22 percent of the 1,012 adults surveyed in the telephone poll said ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood was more important to them than Congress passing a budget and preventing a government shutdown.
Congress must pass a government funding measure by October 1 to avoid a shutdown. Some conservative lawmakers are pushing for the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a spending bill including no funding for Planned Parenthood.
In an effort to prevent a funding fight over Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders are expected to put forward two standalone abortion-related bills.
The poll, conducted September 4 through September 8, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.