Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care

A Quinnipiac University poll shows staggering opposition among registered voters towards Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, with 80 percent of voters disapproving of the way Republicans in Congress are handling healthcare—including 60 percent of self-identified Republicans.

Sixty-four percent of voters across the ideological spectrum disapprove of Republican ideas to replace Obamacare, while just 25 percent are in favor of the legislation presented thus far.

As for outright repeal, only 22 percent of voters surveyed say President Donald Trump and the GOP should repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. Forty percent are in favor of repealing parts of Obamacare, while 33 percent do not want any repeals at all.

Medicaid remains a touchy subject in the poll, with voters opposing a decrease in funding to the program 69 percent to 26 percent, including 52 percent of Republicans opposing cuts while just 39 percent remain in favor of austerity.

A narrow majority of voters support replacing the current health care system with a single payer system by 51 percent to 38 percent. The question specifically defines single payer as Medicare covering every American citizen.

When asked if the 2018 Congressional mid-terms were to be held today, 52 percent to 38 percent of voters across the spectrum say they would like the Democrats to gain control of the House of Representatives, including 48 percent to 37 percent of self-identified independents. 53 percent of voters and 49 percent of independents say they would like to see the Democrats take the Senate as well.

While the Democrats enjoy relatively low favorability at 36 percent compared to just 22 percent for Republicans, 56 percent of voters think that the Democrats can do a better job on health care.

Quinnipiac also asked about transgender rights, which have come to the fore after President Trump’s tripartite tweet which proposed banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.

According to the poll, 68 percent of voters — including 55 percent in military families — believe transgender individuals should be able to serve openly in the military. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed believe it should be illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation. (The question did not explicitly reference gender identity.)

The survey was conducted from July 27 to August 1 among 1,125 self-identified registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error between 3.4 percentage points. All interviews were conducted live over cell phones and landlines.

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