President Trump more popular than Congress

Friday's Mini-Report, 8.11.17

President Trump more popular than Congress

"Plain and simple, electing more Trump Republicans like Jose Felix Diaz will devastate South Florida's middle-class", said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Johanna Cervone in a statement.

Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll was conducted from August 1 - 6 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults.

Republicans face a problem as they try to defend a slim majority in the Senate and win races elsewhere: Insurgent primary candidates are trying to lay claim to President Donald Trump's mantle, and knock out the establishment's choices. The rest are divided: Just over one in five said the GOP should both stop trying to repeal Obamacare completely (21%), and the same share said Republicans should keep trying to repeal it anyway (21%).

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces.

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Flying in the face of that, hard-line conservatives launched an uphill bid Friday to force a fresh House vote to revoke Obama's law without an immediate replacement.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to make improvements to ObamaCare.

And by almost 2-to-1, most say it's good that the Senate rejected the GOP repeal-and-replace bill last month. Trump has said the public will blame Democrats for any problems.

A plurality of voters also said they would support Kasich's candidacy over that of Vice President Mike Pence.

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In St. Petersburg, where polling shows former Mayor Rick Baker leading current Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Florida Democratic Party this week began airing TV spots that put Baker, who is a Republican, on an "extreme team" with Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

In each case, to their annoyance, establishment-aligned Republicans face the prospect of spending millions to protect an incumbent from a challenger who might have a tough time getting out of the general election. 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. Half favor the law vs. 46% who oppose it. Analysts say that would roil insurance markets because fewer healthy people would buy policies, leaving them with greater proportions of expensive, seriously ill customers.

The companies use the money to trim out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and copayments for around 7 million low- and middle-income people. President Trump pulled 38 percent approval by Americans in the poll.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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