One Reason Health Care Vote Is So Tricky: Everything Involved Is Unpopular

The joke, which appears to make light of the fact that as a man he doesn't need the breast-screening test, came just hours before the House is slated to vote on Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Quinnipiac poll, released Thursday, found that 56 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the Republican plan, with more non-white voters against it than white voters.

The Quinnipiac University poll also reveals that 46 percent of voters say they will be less likely to vote for their USA senator or congressman if they vote for the GOP replacement plan. By 2 to 1, 30 percent to 12 percent, voters said the Republican bill would have a negative rather than a positive impact on their health care, while 50 percent said it would have no impact. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the entire group and 4 percentage points for the responses from Democrats and the Republicans. About a quarter said they opposed the bill. Another 33 percent said the Republican bill was "an improvement" over Obamacare, and the remaining 18 percent did not know.

When it is explained that federal funding for Planned Parenthood is used only for non-abortion health issues, American voters oppose cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood 80 - 14 percent, including 60 - 32 percent among Republicans. But just 20 percent support a full repeal, and 27 percent said the law should not be fully repealed.

The plan itself does not enjoy majority support among Republicans, with only 41 per cent backing the bill, reports CNN.

Eighty-five percent said it was very important for health insurance to be affordable, with 13 percent saying it was somewhat important. The Republican bill would suspend funding of Planned Parenthood for one year.

Like the separate Quinnipiac University Poll released on Thursday, this new survey indicates a significant lack of public support for President Trump's legislative agenda outside of his own Republican base. Just 22% of those voters support the bill, compared to 48% who oppose the legislation.

  • Julie Sanders