Survey: American Health Care Act’s Approval Rating Takes A Dip

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The GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation’s approval rating has dropped since its passage in the House Thursday, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Senate is supposed to dramatically change the legislation before it is sent back to the lower chamber.

Just 38 percent of those surveyed said they approved of the measure in its current form — down from 42 percent the previous week, according to the poll conducted by POLITICO/Morning Consult. The number of people who disapprove of the bill has also skyrocketed from 37 percent to 44 percent. Eighteen percent said they don’t have an opinion on the matter.

The American Health Care Act has a lower approval rating than the Affordable Care Act, with 50 percent saying they approve of Obamacare while 42 percent say they disapprove.

“These latest polling numbers on the American Health Care Act could spell trouble for Republicans,” Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s chief research officer, told POLITICO. “There is a notable enthusiasm gap: 29 percent strongly oppose the bill, but only 13 percent strongly support it. Moreover, we saw the number of Republican voters who strongly support the bill drop from 36 percent last week to 27 percent this week.”

POLITICO/Morning Consult conducted the poll from May 4-6 following the lower chamber passing the measure in a 217-214 vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assembled a 13-person working group to re-write the legislation. GOP lawmakers have not set a timeline on when the revised legislation will be completed.

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