Between 12% and 38% of voters approve of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, according to recent national polls.
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll, conducted between June 24-27, found that 12% of voters support the bill, while 45% disapprove of it. And 53% of those surveyed said Congress should either leave the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, untouched, or make changes to it while keeping its framework intact.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll, conducted from June 22-24, found that 38% of voters approve and 45% disapprove of the Obamacare-replacement legislation. And twice as many voters — 30% — “strongly” disapprove of the bill than “strongly” approve of it.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll,conducted between June 21-25, found that just 17% of voters support the GOP bill, while 55% said they disapprove and 25% said they did not know enough about the proposal to formulate an opinion.
All three polls were conducted before a vote was delayed by GOP leaders on Tuesday in an effort to renegotiate the bill’s terms and gain more party support.
And both the NPR and Morning Consult polls were conducted prior to the release of the Congressional Budget Office report on Tuesday, which projected that the bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans by 2026.
But the bill does have significant support among Republican voters.
According to the Morning Consult poll, among registered Republicans, about 60% support the bill and a quarter oppose it, while among Democrats the numbers are reversed, with a 25% approval and 60% disapproval rating.
About twice as many voters believe the bill would make the country’s health care system worse, increase the number of Americans without health insurance, increase health costs for their families, and degrade the quality of care, as those who believe it would improve on these measures, according to the Morning Consult survey.
Notably, Republican voters reflected a divide in their party between those who believe the bill does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare’s reforms, and those who believe it goes too far. Thirty-one per cent of Republican respondents said the proposed changes to the health care system are too dramatic and 23% said they are not sufficiently far-reaching, Morning Consult reported.
In Washington, GOP moderates were turned off of the bill in part due to a nearly $US800 billion cut to Medicaid, while hard-right senators insist on a full repeal of Obamacare.
“The tension between moderate Republicans and hard-liners that is playing out in the Senate is mirrored in the polling,” Kyle Dropp of Morning Consult told Politico.
The USA Today poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; the NPR poll surveyed 1,205 adults and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points; and the Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,994 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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