March 23, 2017 - U.S. Voters Oppose GOP Health Plan 3-1, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Big Opposition To Cuts To Medicaid, Planned Parenthood Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters disapprove 56 - 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided, of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Support among Republicans is a lackluster 41 - 24 percent.

If their U.S. Senator or member of Congress votes to replace Obamacare with the Republican health care plan, 46 percent of voters say they will be less likely to vote for that person, while 19 percent say they will be more likely and 29 percent say this vote won't matter, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Disapproval of the Republican plan is 56 - 22 percent among men, 56 - 13 percent among women, 54 - 20 percent among white voters, 64 - 10 percent among non-white voters, 80 - 3 percent among Democrats, 58 - 14 percent among independent voters and by margins of 2-1 or more in every age group.

One out of every seven Americans, 14 percent, think they will lose their health insurance under the Republican plan. That 14 percent includes 27 percent of voters in families with household income below $30,000, 18 percent of working class families and 14 percent of middle class families.

Fewer Americans would be covered under the GOP plan than are covered under Obamacare, 61 percent of voters find, while 8 percent say more would be covered and 18 percent say the number would be about the same.

"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

It is "very important" that health insurance be affordable for all Americans, 85 percent of voters say. Another 13 percent say it is "somewhat important."

When it is explained that federal funding for Planned Parenthood is used only for non- abortion health issues, American voters oppose cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood 80 - 14 percent, including 60 - 32 percent among Republicans. In a simple question, without the explanation, voters oppose cutting Planned Parenthood funding 61 - 33 percent.

Voters also oppose 74 - 22 percent, including 54 - 39 percent among Republicans, cutting federal funding for Medicaid.

Only 12 percent of American voters say the Republican health care plan would have a positive impact on their health care, as 30 percent say it will have a negative impact and 50 percent say it will have no impact.

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 percent of voters say. Another 50 percent say repeal parts of the ACA and 27 percent say don't repeal any of the ACA.

Voters disapprove 61 - 29 percent of the way President Trump is handling health care.

From March 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,056 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - health care?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              29%    64%     3%    25%    35%    24%    31%    36%
Disapprove           61     21     93     65     57     64     59     52
DK/NA                10     15      4     10      8     12     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              25%    26%    27%    36%    39%    29%    34%    14%
Disapprove           66     67     61     52     53     57     55     79
DK/NA                 9      7     12     12      8     14     11      7
 
 
37. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           45%    82%    16%    42%    49%    41%    43%    54%
No                   51     15     80     53     46     54     54     41
DK/NA                 5      2      4      5      5      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           36%    47%    46%    47%    53%    45%    49%    32%
No                   63     48     49     46     43     51     47     61
DK/NA                 1      5      5      6      3      4      4      7
 
TREND: As president, do you think Donald Trump should - support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         45      51       5
Mar 08, 2017         45      51       4
Feb 23, 2017         43      54       3
Feb 08, 2017         46      50       4
Jan 12, 2017         48      47       5
 
 
38. Do you think President Trump and the Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should repeal parts of the healthcare law but keep other parts, or should not repeal any of the Affordable Care Act?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Repeal all           20%    42%     4%    18%    23%    18%    17%    29%
Repeal parts         50     55     42     53     51     49     51     49
Should not repeal    27      2     51     27     24     30     30     19
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Repeal all           15%    22%    19%    23%    26%    21%    23%    11%
Repeal parts         48     54     50     51     50     50     50     50
Should not repeal    36     23     29     22     22     26     24     36
DK/NA                 1      1      3      4      2      3      2      3
 
TREND: Do you think President Trump and the Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should repeal parts of the healthcare law but keep other parts, or should not repeal any of the Affordable Care Act? (*President-elect)
                     Repeal  Repeal  Not
                     All     Parts   Repeal  DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         20      50      27       3
Mar 08, 2017         21      49      27       3
Jan 27, 2017         16      51      30       3
Jan 12, 2017*        18      47      31       4
 
 
39. There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              17%    41%     3%    14%    22%    13%    17%    22%
Disapprove           56     24     80     58     56     56     59     48
DK/NA                26     35     16     28     22     30     23     30
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              18%    13%    16%    23%    24%    16%    20%    10%
Disapprove           55     59     62     47     55     53     54     64
DK/NA                27     28     23     30     21     31     26     26
 
 
39a. There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly      6%    20%     1%     3%     8%     5%     6%     9%
Approve somewhat     11     21      3     11     13      9     12     13
Disapprove somewhat  12     13     11     13     14     11     14      9
Disapprove strongly  43     10     69     45     41     45     45     38
DK/NA                27     36     17     29     23     31     24     30
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve strongly      3%     4%     7%    11%     8%     6%     7%     4%
Approve somewhat     15     10      9     12     16      9     12      6
Disapprove somewhat  16     14     12      9     13     10     12     14
Disapprove strongly  40     43     49     38     41     42     42     48
DK/NA                27     30     23     30     22     31     27     27
 
 
40. What kind of impact do you think the Republican health care plan would have on your health care; do you think it would have a positive impact, a negative impact, or do you think it wouldn't have much impact either way?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Positive impact      12%    23%     3%    12%    15%    10%    13%    14%
Negative impact      30      6     46     33     26     33     30     25
Not much impact      50     62     46     47     53     48     49     52
DK/NA                 8      9      6      9      6      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Positive impact      11%    14%    14%     9%    16%    11%    13%     8%
Negative impact      34     31     32     23     24     31     27     37
Not much impact      49     47     49     57     54     48     50     50
DK/NA                 7      8      6     11      7     11      9      5
 
 
41. Do you think that more Americans would be covered under the Republican health care plan than are currently covered under Obamacare, fewer Americans would be covered under the Republican health care plan, or would about the same number of Americans be covered under the Republican health care plan that are currently covered under Obamacare?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More                  8%    17%     4%     7%     8%     8%     8%    10%
Fewer                61     32     84     63     61     61     63     50
About the same       18     31      9     16     19     17     17     24
DK/NA                13     20      4     14     12     14     12     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More                  2%     5%    10%    13%     9%     9%     9%     5%
Fewer                72     60     61     51     58     55     57     73
About the same       17     18     16     23     21     20     20     13
DK/NA                 9     16     13     13     13     16     14      9
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              33%    71%     9%    28%    40%    27%    36%    43%
Oppose               61     22     86     68     56     66     62     52
DK/NA                 5      7      5      4      4      6      1      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              23%    36%    35%    38%    46%    34%    40%    15%
Oppose               72     60     60     55     52     62     57     74
DK/NA                 5      4      5      7      2      4      3     11
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         33      61       5
Jan 27, 2017         31      62       7
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42a. (If support cutting off support q42) If you knew that federal government funding to Planned Parenthood was being used only for non-abortion health issues such as breast cancer screening, would you still favor cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood?
                     SUPPORT CUTTING OFF SUPPORT Q42
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Cut              42%    44%    40%
No/Don't cut         55     53     59
DK/NA                 2      3      2
 
TREND: (If support cutting funding) If you knew that federal government funding to Planned Parenthood was being used only for non-abortion health issues such as breast cancer screening, would you still favor cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood?
                     SUPPORT CUTTING FUNDING
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         42      55       2
Jan 27, 2017         38      59       3
Feb 23, 2017         39      58       3
 
 
42b. Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood? COMBINED WITH: (If support cutting off support q42) If you knew that federal government funding to Planned Parenthood was being used only for non-abortion health issues such as breast cancer screening, would you still favor cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cut gov funding      14%    32%     2%    10%    18%    11%    17%    17%
Do not cut           80     60     93     85     77     83     81     77
DK/NA                 6      8      5      5      5      7      2      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Cut gov funding      11%    17%    14%    14%    21%    13%    17%     5%
Do not cut           84     78     80     79     75     82     79     84
DK/NA                 5      5      6      8      3      5      4     11
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood? COMBINED WITH: (If support cutting funding) If you knew that federal government funding to Planned Parenthood was being used only for non-abortion health issues such as breast cancer screening, would you still favor cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         14      80       6
Jan 27, 2017         12      80       8
Feb 23, 2017         12      77      11
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose decreasing federal funding for Medicaid, a government program that helps pay for health care for low income Americans?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              22%    39%    14%    15%    24%    19%    17%    29%
Oppose               74     54     85     80     72     76     78     66
DK/NA                 4      7      2      5      4      5      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              21%    16%    20%    29%    24%    22%    23%    17%
Oppose               76     81     77     65     72     72     72     82
DK/NA                 3      3      3      7      4      6      5      2
 
 
44. How important is it to you that health insurance be affordable for all Americans; very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very important       85%    69%    95%    85%    80%    88%    83%    83%
Somewhat important   13     28      4     12     16     11     15     14
Not so important      1      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
Not important at all  1      1      -      1      2      -      1      1
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very important       84%    84%    88%    82%    79%    87%    83%    89%
Somewhat important   14     15     10     14     18     12     15      9
Not so important      -      -      1      2      1      -      1      1
Not important at all  2      -      -      1      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: How important is it to you that health insurance be affordable for all Americans: very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                     Very    Smwht   NotSo   NotImp
                     Imp     Imp     Imp     Atall   DK/NA
 
Mar 23, 2017         85      13       1       1       1
Mar 08, 2017         84      12       2       1       1
Jan 27, 2017         84      12       2       1       -
 
 
45. If your U.S. Senator or Congressperson votes to replace Obamacare with the Republican health care plan, will that make you more likely to vote for their reelection, less likely to vote for their reelection, or won't it matter much either way?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          19%    43%     7%    13%    20%    17%    22%    21%
Less likely          46     10     73     52     43     49     50     37
Won't matter         29     41     16     29     31     27     24     34
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      5      7      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More likely          12%    14%    21%    26%    23%    20%    21%    11%
Less likely          49     46     50     41     41     45     43     56
Won't matter         36     35     22     25     31     28     29     29
DK/NA                 3      5      7      7      5      8      6      4
 
 
46. Do you think you will lose your health insurance under the Republican health care plan, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Lose insurance   14%     1%    20%    18%    12%    16%    11%    11%
No                   77     88     73     73     79     75     83     77
NO INSURANCE(VOL)     1      3      -      1      1      1      1      3
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8      7      7      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Lose insurance   22%    14%    14%    10%     9%    12%    11%    26%
No                   72     79     76     81     82     78     80     68
NO INSURANCE(VOL)     -      1      1      1      2      2      2      -
DK/NA                 6      6      8      8      7      8      8      6
 
                                                 ECONOMIC CLASS.......
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...                Upper
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  Wrkng  Middle Middle+
 
Yes/Lose insurance   27%    21%    10%     7%    18%    14%     6%
No                   60     69     82     90     72     77     92
NO INSURANCE(VOL)     2      3      1      -      1      2      -
DK/NA                11      7      7      3      9      7      2