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

CBS News Poll

Only 17 percent of the public — and 40 percent of Republicans — think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said.

Most (57%) say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health law.

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress.

Donald Trump's threat to sabotage Obamacare would generate a huge backlash for him and Republicans, according to a new poll.

To push Democrats to work with Republicans on repeal and replace, President Trump has threatened to stop payments that compensate insurers for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-income Americans buying insurance through ACA marketplaces. The more aggressive American Health Care Act of 2017 that passed the House in May would cause 23 million people to lose health insurance. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the presidents negotiating tactics, the survey said.

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We're still 15 months until the 2018 midterms, but the "generic ballot" - which simply compares which party is more popular in general - finds Democrats 11 points ahead of Republicans.

Most (60%) of the public say that President Trump and Republicans in Congress control the government and are responsible for any problems with the ACA going forward, twice the share (28%) who say President Obama and Democrats in Congress are responsible for such problems. Trump wants to move on to tax reform and infrastructure but the Affordable Healthcare Act, an imploding law that Republicans can not fix and will not repeal, stands in the way.

Republican congressman David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it. Despite recent polls showing Trump's approval rating in the gutter, the President - given his optimism and self-confidence - may well believe that victory in this potential power struggle is his for the taking.

In fact, says the report, the majority of Americans think that health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces will have a negative impact on them and their family, while fewer (31 percent) say it will have no impact.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (428) and cell phone (783).

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