President Trump more popular than Congress

III the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the election in June. Credit Doug Mills  The New

Democrats' approval of Congress is at 12 percent which is consistent with their low ratings for Congress throughout 2017 from around 10 to 19 percent. Even three quarters of people who approve of Trump say they disapprove of Congress (76%) and a plurality (48%) says the GOP-led legislature has been a failure. About 68 percent label the Republican dominated Congress a total failure following its inability to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Republican Party's struggles to make any headway on health care reform have raised concerns about the future of President Trump's agenda, including tax reform and Trump's promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare in particular. 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.

About 60 percent of people says that Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any problems with the health law.

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". If Trump continues to mess with Obamacare, as this poll illustrates, Republicans will pay a heavy price in 2018.

This month's survey again finds more of the public holding a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act than an unfavorable one (52% vs. 39%).

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.

The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. While two-thirds of Republicans and Trump supporters report feeling "disappointed", smaller shares (30% and 37%, respectively) report feeling "angry". The poll illustrates that the American people aren't as stupid as Trump believes they are. Marketplace coverage affects only those buying individual insurance - not those who get job-based plans or Medicare or Medicaid. Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783).

The survey of 600 likely Republican presidential primary voters was conducted between August 4 and 6 and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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