56% disapprove of Republican health care bill

The Quinnipiac poll found that 46 percent of voters said they will be less likely to vote for their U.S. Senator or congressional representative if that person votes in favor of Trump's healthcare plan, while 19 percent said they will be more likely and 29 percent said the vote won't matter.

Voters in the United States do not support the American Health Care Act by a 3 to 1 margin, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Republicans are moving into a health care vote Friday with opposition from the Democrats and from the moderate and conservative wings of their own party.

"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative", CNN quoted Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, as saying.

Almost one in five say they will be more likely to vote for their lawmaker if he or she supports the replacement plan.

In a count by The Associated Press, at least 30 Republicans said they opposed the bill, enough to defeat the measure. Trump's handling of health care was viewed unfavorably by 6 in 10.

But Republican House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said a vote will take place on March 24.

A Gallup tracking survey on Trump's approval rating found that as of March 22, two days before the healthcare vote, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the job he's doing as president, and 39 percent approved.

The poll also questioned voters on their opinion of cutting federal spending on Planned Parenthood, the reproductive health services provider.

One out of every seven Americans - 14 per cent - believes they will lose their health insurance under the Republicans' replacement plan.

When they were asked simply about the idea of cutting funding for that group, 60 percent of voters opposed it, and 32 percent supported such cuts.

Eighty-five percent of voters said it's "very important" that insurance be affordable to all Americans.

Voters also strongly oppose funding cuts to Medicaid: 74 percent overall and 54 percent of Republicans are against budget cuts to the program.

  • Leroy Wright