A slight majority of American voters are opposed to President Trump’s and Congress’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
51% of voters do not think Trump should support efforts to repeal Obamacare, while 49% believe that Trump should work with Congress to repeal parts of the former president’s signature healthcare law.
Meanwhile, 21% believe Obamacare should be repealed in its entirety, and 27% believe there should be no repeal at all.
The issue of healthcare has taken center stage over the last few days, as Congressional Republicans introduced the first in a slew of changes they plan to bring to the healthcare system.
Republican leadership, spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, and Vice President Mike Pence, introduced their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Monday. The proposed plan would do away with the individual mandate and effectively defund Planned Parenthood, as well as shift funding for people accessing healthcare without help from an employer or the Medicare or Medicaid programs and adjust funding for the expansion of Medicaid.
While the proposal was received well by Trump, who tweeted that the “wonderful” bill was up for review and negotiation, many conservatives balked at it and said it did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare.
Americans also feel strongly about the US’ policy towards Russia and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ handling of the recent controversy surrounding the Trump campaign.
51% of voters believe Sessions should resign, in light of reports that indicate contacts between Sessions and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election — during which he was a frequent surrogate for then-candidate Trump.
Sessions recused himself from any further Justice Department investigations into the Trump campaign after the FBI opened an inquiry into his conduct during the campaign.
“The gavel comes down hard on Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “He lied and he should quit because of it, say Americans, who are clearly very concerned about the Russian affair and all the administration personnel involved with it.”
Voters disapprove of Trump’s policy towards Russia and 61% are at least “somewhat concerned” with the president’s relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin. 62% believe that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is either “very important” or “somewhat important.”
They also overwhelmingly support establishing an “independent commission” to investigate ties between Trump advisers and the Kremlin, by a margin of 66% in favour to 30% opposed. Among Republican voters, 64% oppose an independent commission, while 30% favour it.
On immigration, 63% of voters — the highest number since Quinnipiac first started asking this question in 2012 — believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country and support a path to citizenship. 11% believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay but do not support a path to citizenship, and 23% believe they should be deported.
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