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Half of Republicans support postponing 2020 election if Trump asked

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, "A large share of Americans (78 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while few (17 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later". The increase was driven largely by independents, 59 percent of whom disapproved of Trump's job performance, compared to 50 percent in February. Gallup notes that this is also the lowest rating Congress has received since their 13 percent job approval recorded in July 2016.

President Trump has been hammering Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the failure by Senate Republicans to pass an ObamaCare repeal plan, and he's urged the Senate to take back up repeal-and-replace legislation before moving on to other big legislation.

The collapse of the yearslong Republican quest to dismantle "Obamacare" has been a bitter pill for House Republicans who voted for GOP legislation in May, only to see the drive fall apart in the Senate two weeks ago when the GOP failed to muster enough votes.

Independents, who hold sway in Young's politically diverse districts, want a bipartisan approach on health care. Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems.

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. Their defections completely stalled the health care reform process in Congress, even as insurance companies continue to exit the individual insurance markets in counties and states around the country.

Only 14% of Americans now say it's very likely that Trump and the Republicans will be able to pass repeal and replace legislation, down from 18% in July before the failure of the most recent effort to repeal and replace the law. Half favor the law vs. 46% who oppose it. That's down slightly from ten years ago, before the passage of the ACA, when 64% supported the idea.

A quarter of Americans, a plurality, (24%) say health care is the most important issue facing the country today.

Democrats lead a generic Congressional ballot among all Americans by 11 points, 51% to 40%.

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone August 3 through 6 among a random national sample of 1,018 adults. The margin of error is 4 percentage points with a 95-percent confidence level.

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