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President Donald Trump’s popularity may have taken a hit from the Republican failure to overhaul the US healthcare system.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday showed Trump’s popularity underwater for the first time in the recurring survey. Overall, 50% of respondents said they disapproved of the job Trump was doing, while 45% approved.
When it came to the American Health Care Act, the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the numbers were just as lackluster for Trump.
The AHCA was pulled from a House vote Friday after both conservative and moderate members of the GOP came out against the bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump were unable to bring enough of the holdouts on board to ensure the bill would be passed, despite the large Republican majority in the House.
Twenty-two percent of those surveyed said Trump was most responsible for the failure of the AHCA, while 24% said it was Republicans in the House. Just 10% said it was primarily the fault of Ryan. Democrats in the House were blamed by 22% of those surveyed.
Those in the poll who identified as Democrats or as independent were most likely to blame Trump primarily, while Republicans blamed Democrats in House.
Forty-six percent of respondents said that if Republicans did not repeal and replace Obamacare by the 2018 midterm elections, the party would lose its majority in either one or both chambers of Congress, while 21% thought it would retain both.
But 51% of those polled thought Republicans should move on from the AHCA and focus on other agenda items, while 37% said the GOP should continue in its efforts.
Additionally, 50% of those surveyed in the Morning Consult/Politico poll said they approved of Obamacare, while 43% disapproved. This follows a recent trend in polls showing the law, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, hitting its highest popularity since its passage in 2010.
The new data comes after a series of polls showing the AHCA, also known as Trumpcare, to be seriously unpopular.
In the week before the vote on the bill, an aggregate of polls from FiveThirtyEight showed 30% of Americans approved of the bill, while 47% disapproved. On Thursday, a Quinnipiac poll even registered the bill’s approval rating at just 17%.
Trump’s popularity has also been sliding. Before Wednesday’s Morning Consult/Politico poll, Gallup’s approval rating, updated Monday, dipped to its lowest point in Trump’s young presidency. As of Wednesday, FiveThirtyEight’s aggregate of polls showed 41.6% of people approved of Trump’s job performance, while 52.4% disapproved. The aggregate on the day the AHCA was introduced earlier this month displayed approval of 43.9% versus disapproval of 49.7%.