If President Donald Trump thought his approval ratings would improve with the House passing the American Health Care Act, he was sadly mistaken.
A new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll revealed that Trump’s approval rating continues to drop.
‘Forty-four percent of registered voters said they approved of Trump’s job performance in the days after House Republicans narrowly passed the American Health Care Act, while 48 percent said they disapproved of the president’s work.’
When compared to the last poll, which was conducted at the end of April, his approval rating was 48 percent, which shows a four-point drop. Furthermore, the disapproval rating went up three points, from 45 percent to 48 percent.
What is significant about the findings is that out of the pool of voters who consider health care a top priority, it was found that 49 percent disapproved of Trump — a twelve point jump up from 37 percent. This shows that despite Trump’s American Health Care Act passing the House, the people’s faith in him is dwindling.
Furthermore, Republicans in Congress saw a drop in the faith of the voters. It was found that only 36 percent of registered voters trusted Republicans to get the job done when it came to health care. On the other hand, 45 percent trusted Democrats to take care of it.
With the 2018 elections coming up, the GOP needs their numbers to change if they want to keep a majority in Congress. The poll found that 37 percent of voters would be less likely to vote for their congressperson if they had voted for the AHCA. That number included 34 percent of independents.
The poll found that if the elections were held right now, 42 percent would vote for a Democrat, while only 36 percent would vote for a Republican; thus proving that Democrats have an edge over Republicans. The previous poll showed voters split at 41 percent over who they would choose.
With the passing of the American Health Care Act in the House having been considered such a success, it would be expected that the approval numbers would go up. It was a major campaign promise that Trump is delivering on, albeit slowly. These results, however, show that just getting the bill through the House is not enough.
People want to know that health care for pre-existing conditions is safe, and that their premiums won’t skyrocket. Also, it was found the AHCA would raise the premiums for the elderly by 20 to 25 percent, the section of the public that needs quality, affordable health care most.
If Trump thought he’d get his health care bill passed blindly, he’s in for a surprise. When given the option to choose between following their orange god and saving their own skin to keep their seat, it is doubtful that Republican senators will continue to back Trump, especially considering that only nine percent believe the Senate should pass the bill “as is.”
Check out the rest of the results from the poll, here.
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