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

Trump in the White House Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House
Kenny Thornton | 12 August, 2017, 11:13

This is the lowest job approval rating Congress has received from Republicans in 2017. Seven in 10 Americans disapprove of Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and in the Senate based on their performances so far.

Despite all odds, #President Trump is far more popular than #Congress.

This includes large majorities of Democrats (95%) and independents (80%), as well as about half of Republicans (52%) and President Trump's supporters (51%).

And three quarters of Americans say they disapprove of how Congress is handling its job; only 20% of Americans approve, matching this year's low in January.

That figure is the same for both parties. "At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied)".

Congress is now on its August recess without any major legislative achievement. A vote on the debt ceiling looms this fall.

If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent.

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But the plan that Trump endorsed is actually one offered by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, both of whom, while supporters of Trump, are longtime Republicans who entered office before him.

When asked whether it was good or bad that the Senate GOP had failed to repeal ObamaCare, answers were more direct. Republicans themselves are split on this question: 45% say GOP leaders should continue trying to repeal Obamacare on their own, 42% that they should work with Democrats to make changes.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans said they want Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law. Just 28% of Republicans and 27% of Trump approvers say it's very likely. Its failure to pass the health care overhaul bill largely contributed to its unpopularity. A handful of Republicans - after campaigning, raising money on and promising the repeal of ObamaCare - failed to deliver.

Americans' support for the Affordable Care Act is growing, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

Interestingly, 58% of respondents to the poll said that the government should provide a national health insurance programme for all Americans, even if it required higher taxes to do so. That's down slightly from ten years ago, before the passage of the ACA, when 64% supported the idea. One in seven (15%) focus on the economy, 11% say immigration, 8% say foreign policy and 8% name Donald Trump.

The poll was conducted nationwide by phone on August 2-6 among 1,017 United States citizens. The poll carries a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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