Key findings of the AP-NORC poll on health care

Apr 01, 2017, 00:46

Trump, a businessman turned reality TV star, entered the White House as the least popular president in at least four decades following a bruising campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. His ratings are also underwater on handling foreign policy (58 percent disapprove), immigration (54 percent) the budget deficit (54 percent) and taxes (54 percent).

One-third of Americans say the president has earned himself an F grade as he approaches his 100th day in office, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll published Friday. Seven in 10 disapproved of premium surcharges for people whose coverage lapses.

But 57 percent thought his policies have most favored people who are upper-income, while 26 percent thought they have favored middle-income. Would their own families and average Americans have been better or worse off?

The approval ratings of many presidents through history are linked to the economy, with several — including Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama — suffering politically for downturns during their first year in the White House, according to a project by the Miller Center at The University of Virginia.

A majority, 55 percent, thinks they pay too much in taxes, down from a record 63 percent in March 2015.

The poll was conducted over five days before and after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the bill ahead of a planned House vote.

It was a mortifying setback for Trump and his party.

Overall, almost one in four Americans, including Democrats and independents, blamed Trump. Clear majorities of them opposed boosting premiums for older people and those who've had gaps in coverage.

Of those, Republicans were also more likely to say that major news sources reported fake news deliberately, rather than by mistake or due to poor fact checking.

Republicans did mostly back the Republican bill's blocking of federal payments to Planned Parenthood. Three-quarters of Republicans, however, say they don't see that as likely.

Rosalind Russell, 71, a retired apartment complex manager from Clifton, Texas, said she was glad to see the attempt to unravel Obama's law.

Trump said on Tuesday he still thinks healthcare reform can happen "very quickly" in Washington, but he did not offer any specifics on how it could get done, or what would be changed from the previous bill. There, Americans split about evenly, with 50 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving of Trump's efforts.

The poll was conducted via telephone with 801 adults in the US from March 2 to March 5, 2017. The results of the survey have a margin of error of +/-3.5 percent.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.

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