Voters Don’t Want Their Reps To Support Health Bill, Poll Finds

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Voters nationwide are much less likely to support their congressman after discovering they planned to support the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, according to a new poll published Friday by Politico.

Respondents changed their views of their respective congressman by 33 percentage points if he or she supported the American Health Care Act.

“Overall, voters move from approving of their congressperson by 12 points (46% approve, 34% disapprove) to disapproving by 21 points (35% approve, 56% disapprove)—a net shift of 33 percentage points,” the poll found.

Up to 49 percent of respondents reported an unfavorable view of the plan, including an average rating between 44 percent and 47 percent in districts President Donald Trump carried in the 2016 election.

Voters tended to have a stronger view in opposition, with up to 37 percent of respondents reporting they felt “very unfavorable” about the Republican health care bill. Comparatively, only 15 percent of respondents said they felt “very favorable” about the measure.

Moderate Republicans began to oppose the bill after some Freedom Caucus concessions were made late Wednesday evening. As of Friday morning, the total vote count is unsure. The Trump administration appears eager and hopeful that the measure will pass, but leadership is concerned that there isn’t enough support to warrant a successful vote.

The poll included 1,001 likely voters in 2018 across 20 battleground congressional districts, 11 carried by Clinton, and nine carried by Trump. The poll ran from March 15 through March 19. There were multiple districts, with their own margin of error, but the polling organization didn’t report those in the release.

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