Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

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

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

They cast him as a Republican intent on delivering for the party and the president on taxes and budget this fall.

Since Congress began debating repeal and replace legislation, there has been news about instability in the ACA marketplaces. Far fewer want Republicans to continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the law (21%) or move on to other priorities (21%).

Almost six in 10 say they favor a national health insurance program, even if it means higher taxes (58%). For a White House that often seems more concerned with cementing support from Trump's loyalists than embracing the political center, that might help explain Trump's persistence on the issue.

A majority - 57% - say they want Republicans to work across the aisle to make fixes to former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as the Affordable Care Act.

The poll, from the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that moving forward, 60 percent of the public believes that "Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA". If Trump continues to mess with Obamacare, as this poll illustrates, Republicans will pay a heavy price in 2018.

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Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry". "I think Donald Trump spoke to the American people during the campaign and that's why he's in office, because they're sick and exhausted of this kind of stuff happening in Washington, D.C., people saying, 'we can't do it, ' well why can't you do it?"

Democrats have hope for 2018 thanks to a new, bipartisan healthcare study showing that the GOP's repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have caused insurance premiums to rise due to market uncertainty, according to CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza.

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample. Both the random digit dial landline and cell phone samples were provided by Marketing Systems Group (MSG).

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