The idea that the government has a responsibility to make sure everyone has access to "affordable, quality healthcare" is highly popular, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. That's similar to other recent national polls.
Consumer Reports conducted a poll from April 6 to 9, with a nationally representative sample and released the results Thursday.
It found that 56% of Republicans say the government should make sure everyone can access affordable healthcare, and 78% of all respondents agreed.
The Quinnipiac Poll has been asking "How important is it to you that health care is affordable to all?" On April 20, 81% of respondents said it was very important, including 64% of white college-educated Republicans. Quinnipiac also asked that week if the Republicans should try again to pass the American Health Care Act, and 77% of Republicans said yes, but only 36% overall thought the party should try again.
Since these polls, the House of Representatives passed the AHCA 217-213.
Consumer Reports said its poll found 57% of people lack confidence that they or their loved ones will have access to affordable health insurance, and the proportion of Republicans expressing those fears has risen from 42% in January to 47% in April.
Quinnipiac's latest poll, released Wednesday and conducted May 4 through 9, did not ask specifically about Obamacare repeal and replace, but did ask: If the election were held today, would you prefer the Democrats or Republicans to win a majority in the House of Representatives? About 38% said they'd like a Republican majority, and 54% a Democratic majority. Among independents, 37% preferred Republicans, and 49% chose Democrats.