Poll: Majority disapprove of GOP healthcare plan

A majority of American voters disapprove of the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday. 

Fifty-six percent of those polled said they disapprove of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House last week after lawmakers added amendments to drum up enough GOP support. 

Twenty-one percent approved of the plan, and 22 percent did not know or did not provide an answer. The current 21 percent approval is a small uptick from the 17 percent approval of the original March bill that was pulled before a scheduled vote.

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Sixty-six percent said they do not approve of the way President Trump is dealing with healthcare, and 28 percent did approve. Six percent did not know or did not provide an answer.

The major parties split on supporting the legislation, with 48 percent of Republicans approving of the legislation and 81 percent of Democrats disapproving of the AHCA. Six percent of Democrats approved of the bill, and 16 percent of Republicans disapproved. 

“Republicans gave up on their first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare when a March 23 Quinnipiac University poll showed 17 percent of American voters supported their bill,” Tim Malloy, the poll’s assistant director, said in a press release.

“The second attempt wins the support of 21 percent of voters,” he added. “The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less.”

The legislation could hurt Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections, giving Democrats an avenue to attack vulnerable incumbents.

The survey was conducted  May 4-9, polling 1,078 voters across the country. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

The House bill is currently under review in the Senate.