As Republican leaders scramble to reach a deal on their health care bill, a new poll released Thursday indicates that the American public is no fan of the GOP’s proposed plan to replace Obamacare.
The poll from Quinnipiac University shows that just 17 percent of Americans say they support the Republican plan — which is backed by President Donald Trump and House GOP leaders but opposed by all Democrats and by factions in both the Republican Party’s moderate and hardline conservative wings.
A majority of all Americans — 56 percent — say they disapprove of the GOP proposal.
Even among Republicans, backing for the plan is lukewarm. Forty-one percent of Republicans say they back the plan, while 24 percent oppose it.
The proposal also draws more disapproval than approval from groups who were key to Trump’s election: whites with no college degree, seniors and white men.
Overall, just six percent of the public expresses “strong” support for the GOP legislation, while 43 percent express “strong” opposition.
The poll also revealed particularly strong opposition to one of the most controversial aspects of the plan: possible reductions in federal spending on Medicaid.
Voters oppose cuts to Medicaid, 74 percent to 22 percent, with even a majority of Republicans — 54 percent — saying they do not back cuts to the program.