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Biggest Threat to Trump's Agenda Comes from Fellow Republicans

12 August, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Mueller¬†is also looking to attain information from senior Trump officials related to possible Russian interference in the¬†2016 election

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have earned the ire of most Americans, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with almost seven in 10 (68%) judging the Republican Congress a failure so far after last month's repeal and replace plan died in the Senate.

Only 16 percent of Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Gallup poll. The increase was driven largely by independents, 59 percent of whom disapproved of Trump's job performance, compared to 50 percent in February.

Republicans themselves are evenly split 44% to 44% on whether the GOP-led Congress has been a success or failure so far. Gallup notes that this is also the lowest rating Congress has received since their 13 percent job approval recorded in July 2016.

Many others, mostly Republicans, are likely disappointed that Congress has been unable to deliver on its long-promised repeal.

Just 21 percent of respondents - but 49 percent of Republicans - want the GOP to continue working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the survey said.

At least three sources with law enforcement told the New York Times that the White House and Mueller are in communication
At least three sources with law enforcement told the New York Times that the White House and Mueller are in communication

Congress left for its August recess without passing any sweeping, comprehensive legislation, failing in its attempt to pass something on health care and leaving tax reform on the docket. 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.

Norris doesn't rule out voting next year for Young, who has drawn seven potential Democratic challengers, but cringed and said, "I just don't feel like he's independent enough".

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 House in May passed a bill to partially repeal the law and drastically cut Medicaid. The New York Times even made the outrageous suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence was himself was preparing for a possible 2020 run against the man who selected him.

Young's newly expressed less-partisan view is music to Republican Christi Taylor, 46, a physician from Waukee in Des Moines' burgeoning western suburbs, heavy with moderate Republicans and independents. 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. Still, midterm electorates typically lean more Republican than all Americans.

Results for the poll were based on telephone interviews of 1,017 adults living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is 4 percentage points with a 95-percent confidence level.




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