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New Yorkers Opposed AHCA Two-To-One, Poll Shows

A recent poll shows that a majority of New Yorkers want to keep their Obamacare and improve upon it.
A recent poll shows that a majority of New Yorkers want to keep their Obamacare and improve upon it. Photo Credit: Flickr

New Yorkers overwhelming want to keep their Obamacare and perhaps add a few upgrades, according to a new Siena College poll that showed 67 percent of registered voters said they are in favor of keeping and improving the Affordable Care Act.

The poll, released Monday, showed New Yorkers were also opposed 56 percent to 27 percent margin, to the passage of the Republican plan, The American Health Care Act (AHCA).

“At least 50 percent of voters from every region opposed the AHCA and at least 60 percent from every region say Obamacare should be kept and improved,” Greenberg said. “Half of all New Yorkers both opposed the AHCA and favor keeping/improving Obamacare; only 17 percent both want Obamacare repealed and supported AHCA," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Greenburgh added that New York voters look a lot like Congress: Democrats strongly opposed the AHCA and overwhelmingly support keeping and improving Obamacare. A majority of Republicans supported the AHCA – with a sizeable minority who opposed it – and strongly support repealing and replacing Obamacare.

The poll also showed Trump’s favorability rating, falling for the third consecutive month, at a negative 33-63 percent, down from a negative 36-59 percent in February. His job performance rating is a negative 26-71 percent, down from negative 29-68 percent last month.

“Voters were clearly paying attention to this issue. Nearly two-thirds say they had heard or read a great deal or at least some about the AHCA. New Yorkers’ strong opposition to it may be a contributing factor to Trump’s ratings going down for the third consecutive month,” Greenberg said.

New York has more than 3 million people on its health exchange, with twice as many Democrats than Republicans enrolled in the plan.

The poll surveyed 791 registered voters in New York between March 19 through March 23 has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

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