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Poll: Republicans Say Repeal and Replace Obamacare Top Priority

Poll: Republicans Say Repeal and Replace Obamacare Top Priority
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:11 AM

Republicans say repealing and replacing Obamacare is their top priority for Congress as the year winds down, according to a new poll by Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The survey asked respondents to rate extremely important priorities for lawmakers from 15 different issues.

Here is how the poll breaks down:

  • 40 percent of Republicans rated Obamacare the top issue for Congress, followed by limiting unauthorized immigration into the U.S. (38 percent) and reducing federal taxes on individual and businesses (35 percent).
  • 48 percent of Democrats said renewing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – a federal-state program for low-income children who are not in Medicaid, should be Congress' top priority for the rest of 2017. Coming in second for Democrats was enacting stricter gun laws (47 percent), followed by increasing hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico (43 percent).
  • 37 percent of independents rated CHIP their top priority, followed by more hurricane relief for Puerto Rico (30 percent), fixing Obamacare (26 percent) and improving the nation's infrastructure (26 percent).

Here is how the rest of the poll breaks down:

  • 77 percent of Republicans believe President Donald Trump made changes to reduce the scope of Obamacare to bring Democrats and GOP lawmakers together to enact an alternative plan, while 16 percent believe he did it to undermine the healthcare program.
  • 20 percent of Democrats say Trump made Obamacare changes to get lawmakers to pass an alternative plan, compared to 74 percent who believe he did it to undermine the program.
  • 49 percent of Republicans favor the tax reform legislation, while 16 percent oppose it and 35 percent did not comment.
  • 4 percent of Democrats favor the tax plan compared to 76 percent who oppose it, while 20 percent did not comment.
  • 28 percent of all those polled called opioid abuse a national emergency; 53 percent say it is a major problem 11 percent say it is a minor program and 5 percent said it is not a problem at all.

The poll, conducted Nov. 15-19, surveyed 1,009 adults. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 3.7 percent.

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