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Fox News Poll: Trump Approval Up; GOP Healthcare Plan Down

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 07:04 PM

President Donald Trump's approval ratings are still under 50 percent, but have risen 1 percent since May, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

The same poll showed the latest version of the Senate's healthcare bill losing support before it was pulled Monday, and ¾ of Americans want Republicans to reach out to Democrats in crafting a replacement to Obamacare.

According to the poll, 41 percent of respondents said they approve of the president's job performance, while 53 percent disapprove. When the same poll was taken in May, 40 percent gave Trump a thumbs up, and the same 53 percent gave a thumbs down.

While the good number is up since May, it is down from February, when the then-newly inaugurated president enjoyed 48 percent support and 47 percent disapproval.

Trump's disapprovals were higher than his approvals on all issues measured, but none worse than healthcare — just as the president is attempting to cajole Republicans in the Senate to send him something to sign that would repeal — if not immediately replace — Obamacare, something both he and GOP members of Congress have long been promising.

Just under one-third of respondents were happy with the job Trump has done on healthcare reform.

Here's how Trump's numbers break out by issue:

  • Economy:
    • Approve: 45 percent.
    • Disapprove: 46 percent.
  • Immigration:
    • Approve: 42 percent.
    • Disapprove: 53 percent.
  • North Korea:
    • Approve: 41 percent.
    • Disapprove: 45 percent.
  • Syria:
    • Approve: 40 percent.
    • Disapprove: 45 percent.
  • Iran:
    • Approve: 37 percent.
    • Disapprove: 44 percent.
  • Russia:
    • Approve: 33 percent.
    • Disapprove: 56 percent.
  • Healthcare:
    • Approve: 32 percent.
    • Disapprove: 59 percent.

On that issue of healthcare, only ¼ of voters like the latest bill, two percent below the 27 percent who approved of June's Senate version and far below the 40 percent who backed the House's bill in May.

Sixty percent want to scrap Obamacare and start over, while 33 percent want to improve the existing legislation.

A total of 74 percent said Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, should reach out to Democrats to work out a solution. Eighty-six percent of Democrats had that opinion, and 59 percent of Republicans did.

Healthcare was the most important issue to voters, with 82 percent saying it was a top concern. That was followed by worries about the "future of the country" at 81 percent and the economy at 75 percent.

The poll was conducted Sunday through Tuesday and talked to 1,020 people by cellphone and landline. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

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