Poll: Opposition to GOP health care bill remains among New Yorkers

ALBANY — Republican efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system seemingly are dead at the moment, and that may be just fine with New Yorkers, a new poll shows.

A Siena College poll released Thursday shows that just 12 percent of voters statewide polled last week want the U.S. Senate to pass health care legislation similar to what the House approved in May. What’s more, 65 percent of voters would prefer to just keep the Affordable Care Act and improve it.


But there are some hefty partisan splits on the issue. While 83 percent of Democrats support the Obama-era ACA, 68 percent of Republicans continue to say they want to see it repealed and replaced. Among independents, 60 percent want to keep and improve Obamacare, while 37 percent want it replaced.

A majority of voters across all three regions of the state that Siena breaks down want to keep and improve the law, with 60 percent of upstaters on board with keeping and improving the ACA.

When given options on how lawmakers should address health care, the numbers change a bit. A plurality (44 percent) statewide say the Senate should change the GOP bill so it gains the support of both Republicans and Democrats. What changes would appease both sides of the aisle are another story entirely, of course. 

While a majority of Democrats (53 percent) want the Senate to just move on altogether, a plurality of Republicans (47 percent) are on board with changing a bill so it has GOP and Democratic support. Only 27 percent of Republicans want the Senate to pass a bill similar to what the House OK’d.

Elsewhere in Washington, President Donald Trump is enjoying slightly better support among his fellow New Yorkers. The poll shows that Trump is viewed favorably by 34 percent of voters statewide, up slightly from 30 percent in May but still under his high of 41 percent in December last year.

Trump’s support among Democrats and Republicans swings wildly, but among independents he’s at least closer to an even split. Forty percent of independents say they view him favorably, while 57 percent have an unfavorable view of the president.

Upstaters take the most favorable view of Trump compared to voters in the other regions. Forty-five percent view him favorably; 52 percent view him unfavorably.

Siena polled 793 registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

mhamilton@timesunion.com • 518-454-5449 • @matt_hamilton10

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