Almost seven in 10 judge Congress a failure so far

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Factors that may have an impact on this choice include the Senate failing to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare, and Congress passing sanctions against Russian Federation over meddling in the USA 2016 presidential election, Gallup analyst Art Swift said.

Democrats used a bus emblazoned with the words "Drive for our Lives" on Friday to build up opposition to vulnerable House Republicans who voted against the federal health care law.

But in other instances, Republicans and Trump supporters part company with Democrats and independents and strongly back the president's views. Also, about three-quarters of those who gave approval marks to Trump disapproved of Congress in the plurality of 76 percent to 48 percent. About 68 percent label the Republican dominated Congress a total failure following its inability to repeal and replace Obamacare. That is the single most unpopular element of the health care law and might even garner support from across the aisle - even Democrats have admitted it needs changes.

In St. Petersburg, where polling shows former Mayor Rick Baker leading current Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Florida Democratic Party this week began airing TV spots that put Baker, who is a Republican, on an "extreme team" with Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Gallup notes that this is also the lowest rating Congress has received since their 13 percent job approval recorded in July 2016. A majority (56%) say it's not likely that Republicans will be successful in passing their own health care bill, the first time that figure has topped 50% in CNN polling. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated. That's a return to the level of support seen in May 2015.

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Almost six in 10 say they favor a national health insurance program, even if it means higher taxes (58%).

A quarter of Americans, a plurality, (24%) say health care is the most important issue facing the country today. Democrats have been optimistic that Trump's unpopularity might spark a wave election in 2018, but the electoral map is unfriendly so far and Republicans have held seats in tight special elections. Independents favor Democrats by 9 points, 46% to 37%. Democrats lead registered voters by a similar 51% to 42%.

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". The margin of error is 4 percentage points with a 95-percent confidence level.

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