Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

CBS News Poll

CBS News Poll

For the second time in as many days, the president scolded the Senate leader on Twitter Thursday for failing to produce either a full repeal - or replacement - of the former president's disastrous signature health care legislation.

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%).

About 60 percent of people says that Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any problems with the health law. A number of GOP lawmakers pointedly reminded Trump and other Republican critics that it was McConnell who ensured the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

When asked whether it was good or bad that the Senate GOP had failed to repeal ObamaCare, answers were more direct. Half favor the law vs. 46% who oppose it.

Strikingly, while large majorities of Democrats and independents back efforts to sustain the statute, even Republicans and Trump supporters lean toward saying the administration should try making the law work, not take steps to hinder it.

Just 21 percent of respondents — but 49 percent of Republicans — want the GOP to continue working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the survey said.

Of course, pollsters are quick to caution that the generic ballot could change before the election, that gerrymandering makes Democrats' obstacles steep, and that President Donald Trump might pull his approval numbers out of their current tailspin. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics.

And around two-thirds from those groups want Trump to stop enforcing the tax penalty Obama's law levies on people who don't buy coverage.

Nearly 6 in 10 people think the Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health law. "But if Democrats keep this generic ballot lead at least in the high single digits, you have to take their chances of retaking the House seriously", said Geoffrey Skelley, a political forecaster at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

The companies use the money to trim out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and copayments for around 7 million low- and middle-income people.

Overall, 52 percent of respondents now approve of ObamaCare - a 9 point jump since Trump's election - while 39 percent disapprove.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted August 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults.

The survey was conducted between August 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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