Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump more popular than Congress

President Trump more popular than Congress

Slightly more than half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Trump proposed it to make sure only eligible American citizens can vote, according to a new survey. "At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied)".

First, legislative - more specifically, health care. 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%). Democratic-leaning independents gave their leaders in Congress a 50% pass mark while Republican-leaning independents say their leaders in Congress have performed below average with a 39 percent approval rating. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with this plan, compared to just 29 percent who wanted more efforts to repeal the law. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating. A handful of Republicans - after campaigning, raising money on and promising the repeal of ObamaCare - failed to deliver. Among those who oppose repeal, more say the law needs minor changes than a major overhaul, while just 6% of all Americans say it should be left as is.

The drop in the national rating in August is due to the drop in Republican approval although approval among independents has also dropped four percentage points to 16 percent. The rest are divided: One in five say the GOP should both stop trying to repeal Obamacare completely (21%) and the same share say Republicans should keep trying to repeal it anyway (21%).

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.

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The survey was conducted between August 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November.

More people say they are "relieved" (51%) or "happy" (47%) that the Senate did not pass a bill than say they are "disappointed" (38%) or "angry" (19%).

This month's survey also probes the public's views about the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, which allow Americans who don't get insurance through their employer to shop for and purchase insurance, with tax credits available to low- and moderate-income customers.

The poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted between August 2 and 6, with a random sample of 1,017 adults across the country. For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.

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