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ACA increasing in favorability among Democrats, Independents and Republicans

13 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Republicans' Approval of Congress Hits 2017 Record Low After Failure to Repeal Obamacare

Sixty percent of respondents said that Trump and Republicans are responsible for the Affordable Care Act, but only 36 percent of Republicans and Trump supporters agreed with that proposition, with 56 percent and 53 percent, respectively, saying Democrats and former President Barack Obama are responsible.

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.

All parties combined, the majority of Americans (78 percent) want the Trump administration to help the law along.

The chart below, from Emory political scientist Alan Abramowitz, shows how many seats Republicans would be expected to lose based on how far behind they are in the generic ballot.

Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government. Just 39 percent of Americans now view the law unfavorably, compared to 44 percent last month.

The Kaiser poll notes that 60 percent of America thinks that it was a "good thing" that Republicans did not get their bill passed. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November.

Since then, President Donald Trump has suggested Congress not take on other issues, like tax reform, until it passes a replacement plan for the ACA, but six in ten Americans (62 percent) disagree with this approach, while just one-third (34 percent) agree with it.

And by almost 2-to-1, most say it's good that the Senate rejected the GOP repeal-and-replace bill last month.

Even though only about 10 million people receive coverage through the marketplaces, about 60 percent of Americans believe that their family will be negatively affected by rising premiums in the marketplaces.

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.

The same number of people say that insurers decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance.

Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll was conducted from August 1 - 6 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.


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