Will Government Shutdown Hurt House Republicans Hoping to Get to the Senate?

In the same ABC News poll, more independents oppose the Affordable Care Act than support it, 54 percent to 42 percent, but they're closely divided on the idea of trying to block it via a government shutdown, making it tough to read whether the DSCC strategy would work with them.

Even if the government does not end up shutting down, Barasky says the DSCC will still "absolutely be reminding voters (that GOP candidates) were willing to delay social security checks, delay Medicare Benefits, delay military benefits."

"This is very dangerous and people understand that relatively easily," Barasky said.

To counter the DSCC's planned attack, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will answer that the bill these members of Congress voted for actually does fund the government, it just takes away funding for Obamacare, NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen said.

"Just when it seems like Chuck Schumer and the political arm for Senate Democrats couldn't be any more out of touch with Americans, they promise to campaign on the fact that their opponents oppose ObamaCare and supported a bill to fund the government but dismantle ObamaCare in states where six in 10 women oppose ObamaCare," Hougesen said in a statement to ABC News.

"Shutting down the federal government tends to be an issue that a majority of Americans don't find favorable because it usually shows partisanship in Washington winning the day instead of compromise and willing to work things out, however Democrats' interest in using this as an election tactic is flawed," GOP strategist Brian Donahue said.

"A majority of people believe that issues purely inside the Beltway are pure inside baseball and don't affect everyday lives, they never have a long term impact on people," Donahue said. "The negative feelings towards government shutdown are very short lived. ... It might satisfy a few nights' coverage on the news, but it always gets solved and it's not on people's radars months later."

Mary Ann Marsh, a Democratic strategist says it will only work politically if "people are reminded of it every single day and if it is personal."

"Everyone on the political spectrum agrees things aren't working anymore," Marsh said. "You can point fingers, but you also have to be part of the solution and it is hard for Republicans to be part of the solution when they are shutting down the government every step of the way."

Marsh said a government shutdown might not change the balance of power in the Senate or have any effect on GOP primaries, but the House could flip to the Democrats.

"In terms of the general election, in the 17 (House) seats (a government shutdown) could be the difference in the Democrats getting the seats back or the Republicans keeping the House," Marsh said. "Republicans are doing everything they can to help Democrats and help the president. The only ones they are hurting are themselves and they are more willing to hurt everyday folks to burnish their own conservative credentials."

There is only one week to go. If both sides of the aisle don't start agreeing on something, namely how to pay the country's bills, the government will shut down on Oct. 1.

This story has been updated since it was first posted.

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