Republicans blamed for congressional gridlock

Marsha Scott
August 12, 2017

Only 16 percent of Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Gallup poll.

The former congressman, who recently announced his departure from the GOP, was referring to a new Washington Post survey that that 52 percent of Republicans said they would support a postponement of the next election if Trump proposed it.

Only 17 percent of the public - and 40 percent of Republicans - think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said. Gallup notes that this is also the lowest rating Congress has received since their 13 percent job approval recorded in July 2016.

Those who answered "government" included open-ended responses with mentions of President Donald Trump, the Democratic Party, and government gridlock and politics in general.

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The seven Senate Republicans who refused to vote for a straight Obamacare repeal bill during the health care debate broke a promise to the American people while joining the resistance to their own president. Conservatives in Young's district are angry with the GOP's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. The rest are sharply divided on the issue; while one in five Americans say Republicans should stop in their determination to repeal and replace Obamacare, the same share also says Republicans should relent in their efforts to get the Obama law overhauled. A majority - 53% - of all of the surveyed GOP voters said they disapprove of Trump's job in office, while just 44% approve. Their defections completely stalled the health care reform process in Congress, even as insurance companies continue to exit the individual insurance markets in counties and states around the country. The House in May passed a bill to partially repeal the law and drastically cut Medicaid. But when the question was posed as to whether they support "Obamacare" - the colloquial term for the Affordable Care Act - support for the law is higher. Still, eight in 10 Democrats (81%) say they support the idea.

Six in 10 women back Democrats for Congress in 2018, while men back Republicans by a slim 5-point margin. Democrats have been optimistic that Trump's unpopularity might spark a wave election in 2018, but the electoral map is unfriendly so far and Republicans have held seats in tight special elections.

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone August 3 through 6 among a random national sample of 1,018 adults.

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