Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

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

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

Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with this plan, compared to just 29 percent who wanted more efforts to repeal the law.

As for the problems with the Affordable Care Act, the news for Republicans in the survey isn't good.

About as many people freaked the hell out about that, according to a casual eyeballing of the internet. Only 8% point the blame at President Trump.

Despite record job growth, the Dow over 22,000, illegal immigration down 70 percent and massive deregulation, the mainstream media still reports that Donald Trump's presidency is a failure. But nearly everything he has achieved has been directly in line with traditional Republican priorities, while most of the things that are peculiar to Trump have failed or stalled out. "Were Trump to seriously propose postponing the election, there would be a torrent of opposition, which would most likely include prominent Republicans". 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%).

68% of those surveyed meanwhile dubbed the current Republican controlled congress a failure, a substantially higher proportion than those who said the same about Congress at this point in 2007 and 1995. However, most Republicans (61%) and Trump supporters (63%) see continuing plans to repeal and replace the ACA as more important than helping the marketplaces work better (38% and 33%, respectively). That is the single most unpopular element of the health care law and might even garner support from across the aisle - even Democrats have admitted it needs changes.

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%). But when the question was posed as to whether they support "Obamacare" - the colloquial term for the Affordable Care Act - support for the law is higher.

The poll was conducted from June 5-20 among 1,325 Americans. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783). The margin of error is 4 percentage points with a 95-percent confidence level.

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