The poll discovered that 59 percent of voters said they don’t have “much trust” or “any trust at all” in the president on health care.
The new poll also discovered that more voters support the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or Obamacare) than do not support it. Nearly half of respondents, 47 percent, said they approve of the law, compared to just 41 percent who said they do not approve.
In addition, 45 percent of voters said they trust Democrats more than Republicans in Congress on healthcare. Just 35 percent of respondents said they have more trust in Republicans.
Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president, pointed out the problem for the president facing reelection:
“As health care is pushed to the forefront of the 2020 agenda, our polling suggests President Trump may struggle to attract voters with his promise of a new plan.”
Today’s poll results come after the Trump administration last week called for the entirety of the Affordable Care Act to be be struck down by a federal court in Texas.
After that Trump made a controversial pledge that Republicans would become the “party of health care.”
He also said that the GOP would come up with a “far better” health care proposal than Obamacare.
Since last week’s court filing, Trump has backtracked on healthcare, saying that Republicans wouldn’t take up healthcare reform until after the 2020 election. In his comments he was assuming that Republicans would win back House control and he would also win reelection.
The federal lawsuit is continuing, however, and healthcare will be on voters’ minds during the 2020 election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he told Trump earlier this week that the Senate would not work on a comprehensive health care package ahead of the 2020 election.
“I made clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate,” McConnell said he told the president. “He did say, as he later tweeted, that he accepted that and he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign.”
Trump and the GOP Can’t Fool American Voters
This new poll makes clear that the lies being told to the American people about Donald Trump‘s and congressional Republicans‘ “great” healthcare plans aren’t working.
Republicans are in real trouble as they head into the 2020 election season since they have no plan whatsoever on healthcare. But healthcare will be the top issue on voters’ minds in the 2020 election.
All of this spells doom for the GOP in 2020, and makes it increasingly likely that Democrats will not only win back the presidency, but may win back control of the U.S. Senate also.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.