Majority says current Congress a failure so far

Aaron Brown
August 12, 2017

Asked if they approved or disapproved of the way the Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs 24% approved, with 71% disapproving. More broadly, only about a quarter of all Americans (24%) judge the Republican Congress a success so far. About half of Republicans and supporters of President Trump say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work (52 percent and 51 percent, respectively) while about four in ten say they should do what they can to make the law fail (40 percent and 39 percent, respectively).

But he pointed to some unreported results of the poll as "troublesome:" almost half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, while 68% believe millions of illegal immigrants voted, and 73% said that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often. However, unlike Republicans, Democrats have given Congress fairly low ratings throughout 2017, ranging from 10% to 19%, according to Gallup.

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Independents, who hold sway in Young's politically diverse districts, want a bipartisan approach on health care.

A plurality of Americans (38%) say disagreement among Republicans in Congress is the main reason for the lack of major legislation so far this term, while a quarter each blame a lack of leadership from President Trump (26%) and opposition from Democrats (25%). A majority - 53% - of all of the surveyed GOP voters said they disapprove of Trump's job in office, while just 44% approve. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating. "GOP [Republican Party] approval has sharply declined this legislative session as congressional Republicans have struggled to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act", the pollster said in a press release. Republicans themselves are split on this question: 45% say GOP leaders should continue trying to repeal Obamacare on their own, 42% that they should work with Democrats to make changes. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated. Forty-one percent said they would vote for the governor, while just 27% said they would vote for Pence. A majority (56%) say it's not likely that Republicans will be successful in passing their own health care bill, the first time that figure has topped 50% in CNN polling.

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