Poll: Nearly One-Third of Americans Believe Trump Has Repealed Obamacare

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 3:05 PM
Poll: Nearly One-Third of Americans Believe Trump Has Repealed Obamacare

Almost a third of Americans believe President Trump has kept his promise of repealing Obamacare, according to a recent The Economist – YouGov poll.

Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said that Trump kept his campaign promise to repeal Obamacare, 49 percent said he hasn't repealed Obamacare, and 21 percent were unsure.

More Republicans, 44 percent, believe Trump has repealed Obamacare, compared to just 27 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents.

However, about 40 percent of the Republicans surveyed do not believe Trump has repealed Obamacare, along with 60 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents.

In a White House Cabinet meeting, President Trump claimed that Obamacare was essentially repealed in the Republican tax plan which repealed Obamacare's individual mandate.

He said that “when the individual mandate is being repealed, that means Obamacare is being repealed because they get their money from the individual mandate. "

“We have essentially repealed Obamacare and we will come up with something much better,” he concluded.

An Associated Press fact check found that while the repeal of the individual mandate was a “major change,” core parts of Obamacare remained in place and were still funded through means other than the individual mandate fines.

The efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal Obamacare fell short in the Senate earlier this year after the House passed a repeal bill in May. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told NPR last week that the Senate will likely "move on to other issues" next year.

The poll surveyed 1,500 people from Dec. 24 to 26, including 1,236 registered voters. Its margin of error is 3 percentage points.