Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it

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That's the message from a national poll released by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Of the 78% who said the Trump administration should do what it can to sustain Obamacare, 51% were Trump supporters.

Lastly, he knows that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has neither the fortitude nor the support to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, perhaps, lacks any real desire to do so. They cast him as a Republican intent on delivering for the party and the president on taxes and budget this fall.

Similarly, six in 10 (60%) say that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance, and three-quarters (76%) say so about insurers charging higher premiums in certain marketplaces.

The president has been smarting from the Senate's failure to pass an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, a long-standing priority for the GOP and a marquee campaign promise from Trump previous year.

Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" the president tweeted early Thursday morning. A number of GOP lawmakers pointedly reminded Trump and other Republican critics that it was McConnell who ensured the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The Republican Party's slim majority in the Senate allows for no dissent, and it took just seven undocumented Democrats within the GOP ranks to scuttle the last attempt at full repeal. All of the measures failed to win the 50 votes needed in July. Trump's recent attacks on McConnell, therefore, are calculated to distance himself from the senator, should the latter fail to get new health care legislation to the president's desk. The show of support came from moderates and conservatives.

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But in other instances, Republicans and Trump supporters part company with Democrats and independents and strongly back the president's views.

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress.

The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November.

And around two-thirds from those groups want Trump to stop enforcing the tax penalty Obama's law levies on people who don't buy coverage.

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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