CNN Poll: Nearly seven in 10 judge Congress a failure so far

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 12, 2017

Republican respondents are split over whether this Congress is a success or failure, with both options getting 44 percent. "So Pepi Diaz is going to have to live with Trump's anti-immigrant policies, his anti-health care policies, and those aren't particularly popular in Miami", Clemens said.

Now, Young is talking about bipartisanship as he faces the reality that Democrats are gunning for him in a state where Trump's approval is sinking and neither can boast a major legislative achievement.

And for those Republicans who vote against this?

Trump has been publicly browbeating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to continue trying to pass legislation tearing down Obama's 2010 overhaul.

But in other instances, Republicans and Trump supporters part company with Democrats and independents and strongly back the president's views. A peculiar thing has happened to Trump, the Republican president with the least fealty to the Republican Party's traditional values, shortest ties to the party, and greatest opposition within it. 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).

While Blum has allied himself with the House's conservative Freedom Caucus, Young angered conservatives when he opposed a House GOP health care bill, then weeks later swung behind it. Independents were frustrated with the congressman's embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare. 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. 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.

Almost six in 10 say they favor a national health insurance program, even if it means higher taxes (58%). Still, eight in 10 Democrats (81%) say they support the idea.

Immigration, a contentious issue throughout the presidential campaign and into the Trump presidency, held at seven percent. Independents favor Democrats by 9 points, 46% to 37%.

Democrats are also playing the Trump card ahead of a September 26 special election in Miami to fill the Senate District 40 seat of former Republican Sen.

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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