President Trump more popular than Congress

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 12, 2017

Approval for US Congress among supporters of the Republican Party has fallen to a new low for 2017, with the rating now standing at 16 percent, a survey by the Gallup pollster revealed on Wednesday.

Moving forward, a majority of all Americans (56%) says Republicans should work with Democrats to make changes to current health care policy. Most Democrats (70%) and independents (59%) favor the bi-partisan approach, though almost half of Republicans (49%) and Trump supporters (46%) want Republicans to continue pursuing their own plan to repeal and replace the law.

Around 4 in 5 want the Trump administration to take actions that help Obama's law function properly, rather than trying to undermine it. Trump has suggested steps like halting subsidies to insurers who reduce out-of-pockets health costs for millions of consumers. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said.

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics.

The former congressman, who recently announced his departure from the GOP, was referring to a new Washington Post survey that that 52 percent of Republicans said they would support a postponement of the next election if Trump proposed it.

When President Trump's made a decision to throw his weight behind a plan to slash legal immigration last week, the way many people heard about it was through a pair of dramatic exchanges between reporters and Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser who is among the hardest of hardliners on immigration in the administration.

Still, just a third (33%) say Obamacare should be repealed completely, regardless of whether it is replaced. 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%). The House in May passed a bill to partially repeal the law and drastically cut Medicaid.

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 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted August 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783). The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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