According to a Fox News Poll, 48 percent of respondents say the economy is getting better. This is the highest percentage since 2003! The result can be attributed to a swing in post-election optimism among Republicans–who, represent 54 percent of this metric. A lot of Americans in red states are very excited about the Trump economy. Trump’s election win and execution of his campaign promises, along with this month’s job reports, and the sustained Wall Street rally–Americans have many reasons to be very excited.
But there’s one gruesome number on health care when the GOP’s in the middle of trying to overhaul ObamaCare. (The GOP bill itself draws a similar rating of 34/54.) In fact, it may be that angst about health-care reform is beginning to cannibalize Trump’s overall job approval. He was at 48/47 in Fox’s poll just a month ago; today, despite the economic excitement among voters, he’s slipped to 43/51. If you’re a Trumper who hates “RyanCare,” here’s your cue to encourage him to bail out before he sustains any more damage. Before you do, though, ask yourself this: How much better could Trump’s numbers on handling health care realistically be? The other party will uniformly oppose any GOP attempt to undo ObamaCare, and within the GOP there’s bound to be dissatisfaction for conflicting reasons — conservatives will find any compromise too far to the center while moderates will find it too far to the right.
Around two-thirds of the bill’s opponents thinks it goes to far into damaging ObamaCare. Although, a fifth believe it doesn’t do enough damage.
Some people may be Rand Paul conservatives who want a clean repeal; others may be Bernie Sanders socialists who want single-payer. (Liberals complained for years that ObamaCare’s poor polling didn’t reflect the “true” state of public opinion since some of its critics were hard-leftists who disliked the bill because it wasn’t a big enough step towards socialized medicine.) What you’re seeing here in two small data sets is the agony of health-care politics. It’s hard to thread the needle and win majority support when there are so many different strains of opinion to please.