With Congressional Republicans poised to introduce their plan to repeal Obamacare this week, new polling shows they’re losing the messaging war on the issue.
According to a new national poll from Hart Research Associates, more than two-thirds of respondents say they prefer to keep what works and fix what doesn’t over scrapping the health care law outright and replacing it with something new.
And the news gets worse for Republicans. According to Hart Research:
“Among the broader electorate, congressional Republicans are losing independent voters on the healthcare issue by a wide margin. At the rank-and-file level, the intensity of opposition to the GOP repeal-and-replace effort among Democratic voters far exceeds the intensity of support for it among Republican voters.”
If rank-and-file Democrats are more energized by the issue than Trump voters, and the Dems are winning over Independents in large numbers, it’s hard to see how that doesn’t hurt GOP candidates in next year’s midterm elections.
Key elements of what could be major parts of the Republican repeal-and-replace effort are in trouble too. For instance, the idea of repealing Obamacare-mandated Medicaid expansion in favor of block grants to states is seen as wildly unpopular according to the Hart Research data. Sixty percent of voters view changing Medicaid’s funding to block grants unfavorably, while forty percent view it favorably.
Additionally, 58 percent of those surveyed say they would be less likely to vote for their Senator or Congressperson if they voted for the block grant idea. That compares with just 22 percent who would be more favorable to voting for someone who voted for state block grants.