It was just one of the polls released Tuesday that showed strong disapproval for the Republican Obamacare replacement efforts.
- A separate USA Today/Suffolk University poll found only 12 percent of Americans support the Senate plan. It surveyed 1,000 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
- A Quinnipiac University poll found that Americans disapproved of the “Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare” by a 58 percent to 16 percent margin. A majority of respondents within key groups of Trump support opposed the plan: respondents 65 years and older, men and white respondents. It surveyed 1,212 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday delayed their plan to vote on the bill this week amid mounting opposition from the party’s moderate and conservative wings. Moderate senators have raised concerns about the possible growth in the number of uninsured Americans and the plan’s rollback of Medicaid expansion. Conservatives have said the bill does not go far enough to repeal Obamacare.
The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist approval figures almost exactly mirror a March Quinnipiac poll on the House’s Obamacare replacement bill. That survey showed it got 17 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval.
The dismal approval rating complicates matters for senators who may be on the fence about voting for the plan. For instance, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, a vulnerable Republican up for re-election next year, came out strongly against the current plan during a news conference last week.
The Senate bill could change as leadership seeks to make amendments or concessions to win over skeptical members.