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Almost 8 in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump should be trying to make the health law work, according to poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

According to a survey by the Gallup pollster, approval for US Congress among supporters of the Republican Party has fallen to a new low for 2017. The increase was driven largely by independents, 59 percent of whom disapproved of Trump's job performance, compared to 50 percent in February.

But the plan that Trump endorsed is actually one offered by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, both of whom, while supporters of Trump, are longtime Republicans who entered office before him. President Trump gets the approval of 38% of Americans in the CNN poll.

The Republican Party's struggles to make any headway on health care reform have raised concerns about the future of President Trump's agenda, including tax reform and Trump's promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare in particular.

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When asked about the Senate's failure to pass a repeal-and-replace bill, most Americans (60%) say it is a "good thing", while about a third (35%) say it is a "bad thing".

"Of course there are things in the ACA that need fixing", said Peterson, referring to the Obama health law's name, the Affordable Care Act. Conservatives in Young's district are angry with the GOP's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Just 3 in 10 want Trump and Republicans to continue their drive to repeal and replace the statute.

Norris doesn't rule out voting next year for Young, who has drawn seven potential Democratic challengers, but cringed and said, "I just don't feel like he's independent enough". Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums. The House in May passed a bill to partially repeal the law and drastically cut Medicaid. That's a return to the level of support seen in May 2015.

Six in 10 women back Democrats for Congress in 2018, while men back Republicans by a slim 5-point margin.

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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.

Democrats lead a generic Congressional ballot among all Americans by 11 points, 51% to 40%.

The poll was "based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia".

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