Americans might not always be big fans of the federalgovernment, but they'd still prefer it stay running. And they don'tthink that funding for Planned Parenthood is a good enough excuseto shut it down.

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A poll by CNN/ORC finds that 71 percent of Americans say it ismore important for Congress to approve a budget to keep thegovernment running than for it to eliminate funding for PlannedParenthood. Congress must pass a funding bill by Oct. 1 to avoid ashutdown similar to what took place two years ago, whenCongressional Republicans provoked a shutdown over funding for thePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Only 22 percent said Congress' priority should be to stripfederal funds from the organization. Another 5 percent said the twogoals are equally important and 2 percent had no opinion.

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The opposition to a government shutdown is even greater than twoyears ago, when 34 percent said that preventing the funding of thePPACA was more important than keeping the government running.Either Americans see Planned Parenthood as a less important issueor the previous government shutdown convinced them that it wasn't aproductive exercise of political opposition.

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Planned Parenthood has long been the target of anti-abortionlegislators at the state and national level, who have sought to cutpublic funds that finance a variety of health and family planning services the groupprovides.

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But a video that surfaced in July has provoked even greatercontroversy than usual about the group. The video featured anundercover anti-abortion activist, posing as a prospective buyer offetal tissue, asking Planned Parenthood officials about ways toacquire tissue from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood has saidthe video is misleading, portraying the potential transactions asfor-profit, which is illegal.

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Although federal law prohibits the group from using federalfunds for abortions, many anti-abortion activists reason thathelping the organization pay for its other services allows it todevote its private resources to abortion.

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Another question asked in the poll about the issue of abortionin general gives a glimpse of who is likely supportive of provokinga government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Asked whetherabortion should be legal under all circumstances, somecircumstances or no circumstances, only 18 percent said it shouldnever be legal –– only slightly lower than the percentage whobelieve killing Planned Parenthood funds is more important thankeeping the government open. In contrast, 26 percent believe itshould always be legal and 54 percent said it should be legal undersome circumstances.

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