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Majority says current Congress a failure so far

Majority says current Congress a failure so far

Reaching the 200-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump is getting resistance not just from the Democrats and their enablers in the liberal media, but from members of his own party who refuse to give the president a major legislative victory.

Only 34 percent of Americans agree with him, while 62 percent favor moving on, including 47 percent of Republicans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday.

Approval of the current Republican leaders in Congress has dropped from 39% in January to just 24% now.

Asked if they approved or disapproved of the way the Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs 24% approved, with 71% disapproving. Gallup notes that this is also the lowest rating Congress has received since their 13 percent job approval recorded in July 2016.

Republicans themselves are evenly split 44% to 44% on whether the GOP-led Congress has been a success or failure so far.

Most (57%) say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health law.

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Congress left for its August recess without passing any sweeping, comprehensive legislation, failing in its attempt to pass something on health care and leaving tax reform on the docket. They say the GOP-dominated Congress has so far failed Americans. Three in 10 (31%) support President Trump using whatever tactics are necessary to encourage Democrats to start negotiating.

The vote to repeal and replace the Obama health care law looms large for 21 GOP lawmakers, including Iowa Reps. Conservatives in Young's district are angry with the GOP's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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. But when the question was posed as to whether they support "Obamacare" - the colloquial term for the Affordable Care Act - support for the law is higher. Some Americans - in particular, Democrats - oppose repealing the ACA and likely do not appreciate Congress trying to rescind the healthcare law. Health care is now the most potent issue driving the midterm election. Less than 5% name each of several other issues, like the environment, civil rights, government spending, education and other issues.

Nearly 6 in 10 people think the Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health law.

Young's newly expressed, less-partisan view is music to the ears of Republican Christi Taylor, 46, a physician from Waukee in Des Moines' burgeoning western suburbs, heavy with moderate Republicans and independents.

Trump sabotages Obamacare, an enraged electorate takes out their wrath on Republicans and votes for at least a Democratic House in 2018. Still, midterm electorates typically lean more Republican than all Americans. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.