By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republicans primarily blame the U.S. Congress, and not President Donald Trump or party leaders, for failing to pass their party’s health review, according to a Reuters / Ipsos opinion poll. posted on Wednesday.
The March 25-28 poll asked who should take responsibility for the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which Republican leaders removed from consideration last week without a vote.
In addition to Trump, who backed the bill, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was expected to guide him through Congress, the poll asked if people blamed House Republicans, House Democrats or the media.
Republicans were more likely to blame Congress. About 26 percent said House Democrats were the most responsible and 23 percent blamed House Republicans. Another 13 percent blamed Trump and 10 percent blamed Ryan. Only 8 percent blamed the media. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2nhOmjI PDF Link: http://tmsnrt.rs/2nhtM30)
His assessment appeared to align with Trump’s criticism of Democratic leaders and the conservative Freedom Caucus, whom he blamed for the bill’s failure.
Overall, nearly one in four Americans, including Democrats and independents, blamed Trump. Ryan, Congress and the media received less criticism.
The Republican reform was widely criticized after estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showed that 24 million people could lose their health insurance over the next 10 years.
Trump said Tuesday that he still believes that health care reform can happen “very quickly” in Washington, but did not offer details on how it could be done, or what would be changed from the previous bill.
Almost half of all Americans said they would like that to happen, although the response was divided along party lines. About 80 percent of Republicans said they would like to see their party put another spin on a bill, compared to just 25 percent of Democrats.
In a separate poll conducted between January 7 and 23, 46 percent of Americans wanted to keep Obamacare, the popular name for President Barack Obama‘s health care reform, while fixing “problem areas,” and another 8 percent I wanted to keep it exactly as it is. .
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online in English in all 50 states. The March 25-28 poll included 1,332 people, including 456 Republicans and 558 Democrats. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 3 percentage points for the entire group and 5 percentage points for Democrats and Republicans.
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