Fifty-six percent said they would support it if both Trump and Republicans in Congress supported a postponement. This is the lowest job approval rating Congress has received from Republicans in 2017. Far fewer want Republicans to continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the law (21%) or move on to other priorities (21%).
Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.
To push Democrats to work with Republicans on repeal and replace, President Trump has threatened to stop payments that compensate insurers for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-income Americans buying insurance through ACA marketplaces. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating. But nearly everything he has achieved has been directly in line with traditional Republican priorities, while most of the things that are peculiar to Trump have failed or stalled out. The increase was driven largely by independents, 59 percent of whom disapproved of Trump's job performance, compared to 50 percent in February.
The health law is more popular than ever with 52 percent of respondents saying they hold a favorable view of it.
The drop in the national rating in August is due to the drop in Republican approval although approval among independents has also dropped four percentage points to 16 percent.
Only 14% of Americans now say it's very likely that Trump and the Republicans will be able to pass repeal and replace legislation, down from 18% in July before the failure of the most recent effort to repeal and replace the law.
More people say they are "relieved" (51%) or "happy" (47%) that the Senate did not pass a bill than say they are "disappointed" (38%) or "angry" (19%).
Trump has claimed without evidence that he would have won the popular vote a year ago if not for illegal immigrants voting. Marketplace coverage affects only those buying individual insurance - not those who get job-based plans or Medicare or Medicaid.
When asked about the 2010 health care law, a slim majority of Americans (51%) say they oppose the legislation vs. 42% of Americans who favor the bill.