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Almost seven in 10 judge Congress a failure so far

12 August 2017, 12:09 | Rufus Hill

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Despite all odds, #President Trump is far more popular than #Congress.

Only 16 percent of Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Gallup poll. This is also the lowest rating Congress has received since the 13% job approval recorded in July 2016.

Republicans themselves are evenly split 44% to 44% on whether the GOP-led Congress has been a success or failure so far.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove.

Even though only about 10 million people receive coverage through the marketplaces, most (60%) Americans believe that their family will be negatively affected by rising premiums in the marketplaces, twice the share (31%) who say it would have no impact.

Most (57%) say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health law.

That figure is the same for both parties. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are more positive about their leaders in Congress (50% approve) than are Republicans and GOP-leaning independents about their leaders (39% approve). He understands how important health care, how important taxes are to the people in this country. Other controversial issues, such as raising the debt ceiling and adopting spending bills, are unavoidable.

Norris doesn't rule out voting next year for Young, who has drawn seven potential Democratic challengers, but cringed and said, "I just don't feel like he's independent enough". 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.

Moving forward, a majority of all Americans (56%) says Republicans should work with Democrats to make changes to current health care policy.

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.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law. Forty-one percent said they would vote for the governor, while just 27% said they would vote for Pence.

The vote to repeal and replace the Obama health care law looms large for 21 GOP lawmakers, including Iowa Reps.



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