Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Marsha Scott
August 13, 2017

"Several unsuccessful attempts by Congress this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act did nothing to bolster its already poor image", Gallup notes of the latest numbers.

Most (57%) say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health law.

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress.

The Democrats' national bus tour is motoring through Iowa, targeting vulnerable House Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare. Insurers have cited the uncertainty around health insurance markets caused by the Republican push for historically unpopular repeal legislation as one factor hurting them, along with Trump's threats to pause government payments to exchanges.

Almost six in 10 say they favor a national health insurance program, even if it means higher taxes (58%). Still, eight in 10 Democrats (81%) say they support the idea. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics.

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Moving forward, a majority of the public (60 percent) says President Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA. "Unless Trump and the GOP can stop their polling side, it doesn't seem like conditions will be very good for Republicans in 2018".

The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with this plan, compared to just 29 percent who wanted more efforts to repeal the law. But the revised bill didn't pass after three Republicans opposed it in a dramatic July 28 Senate vote. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry".

This Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The poll illustrates that the American people aren't as stupid as Trump believes they are. The survey finds that a majority of the public is unaware that health insurance companies choosing not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces or health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces only affect those who purchase their own insurance on these marketplaces (67 percent and 80 percent, respectively).

The poll was "based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia". Computer-assisted telephone interviews conducted by landline (428) and cell phone (783, including 487 who had no landline telephone) were carried out in English and Spanish by SSRS of Media, Pennsylvania. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.

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