Biggest Threat to Trump's Agenda Comes from Fellow Republicans

CBS News Poll

CBS News Poll

This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 percent) as well as half of Republicans (52 percent) and President Trumps supporters (51 percent). The survey finds that a majority of the public is unaware that health insurance companies choosing not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces or health insurance companies charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces only affect those who purchase their own insurance on these marketplaces (67 percent and 80 percent, respectively).

The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass a health bill before it left for a summer break last week. Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

The poll, from the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that moving forward, 60 percent of the public believes that "Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA".

Paul said Friday that he doesn't think efforts to repeal Obamacare are over. A number of GOP lawmakers pointedly reminded Trump and other Republican critics that it was McConnell who ensured the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

On three separate attempts in late July, McConnell fell short of the 50 GOP votes he needed to pass legislation scrapping Obama's law.

Of course, pollsters are quick to caution that the generic ballot could change before the election, that gerrymandering makes Democrats' obstacles steep, and that President Donald Trump might pull his approval numbers out of their current tailspin. But Trump said they should ask the question again if the Senate leader doesn't deliver on the president's leading priorities. A much smaller share of the public (17%), including four in 10 Republicans (40%) and Trump supporters (39%), say the President and his Administration should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later. The show of support came from moderates and conservatives.

That's what President Trump and his family are going through right now.

If the media and the establishment try to bring Trump down they are in for a rude awakening. While around 6 in 10 overall say Trump should not use such disruptive tactics, a majority of Republicans back that approach. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November. The survey was conducted August 1-6, 2017, among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (note: persons without a telephone could not be included in the random selection process).

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