President Trump more popular than Congress

Politics Surviving America’s Political Meltdownby Jeffrey D. Sachs16 mins ago

"Despite their party controlling both chambers of Congress, only one in six Republicans (16%) approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest yet in 2017". Republicans are split on whether their party is getting in the way of President Trump's agenda or not. A vote on the debt ceiling looms this fall. Only 8% point the blame at President Trump.

68% of those surveyed meanwhile dubbed the current Republican controlled congress a failure, a substantially higher proportion than those who said the same about Congress at this point in 2007 and 1995.

This finding and others from the poll suggest that most of the public is ready for Washington to move beyond the repeal-and-replace debate and instead focus on fixing shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act. "Were Trump to seriously propose postponing the election, there would be a torrent of opposition, which would most likely include prominent Republicans". A handful of Republicans - after campaigning, raising money on and promising the repeal of ObamaCare - failed to deliver. That is the single most unpopular element of the health care law and might even garner support from across the aisle - even Democrats have admitted it needs changes.

Americans' support for the Affordable Care Act is growing, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Half favor the law vs. 46% who oppose it. That's down slightly from ten years ago, before the passage of the ACA, when 64% supported the idea.

A quarter of Americans, a plurality, (24%) say health care is the most important issue facing the country today.

When President Trump's chose to throw his weight behind a plan to slash legal immigration last week, the way many people heard about it was through a pair of dramatic exchanges between reporters and Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser who is among the hardest of hardliners on immigration in the administration.

Democrats lead a generic Congressional ballot among all Americans by 11 points, 51% to 40%.

The poll was "based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia". Margin of error is +/-4%.



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