Politics on a Plate: Trump's approval rating and the Affordable Care Act

Posted at 7:46 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 20:46:23-04

No shortage of opinions on President Donald Trump's job approval or the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday's Politics on a Plate we look at new poll numbers with Wisconsin voters and what they might mean for the midterm election.

Trump turned Wisconsin red for the first time in decades by winning 47.9% of the vote.

Sales Coordinator Tracy Holmes is a Trump supporter. We asked him how's Trump doing?

"I think given the ambitions he came into office with and intention of changing the direction Washington has been in the last several decades, he's doing okay," said Holmes.

Public Policy Polling shows 46% of Wisconsin voters approve of Trump's job performance 50% disapprove.

Self-employed and Hillary Clinton supporter Brian is in the latter group. Why?

"Our standing in the world. The fact that he's making friends with our enemies and making enemies with our friends," Brian said. 

The Democratic polling firm talked with an equal number of Trump and Clinton voters about the Affordable Care Act.

62% said keep what works and fix what doesn't, 33% said repeal it and start over.

Brian says it was wrong of Republicans to end the mandate.

"Now that the mandate is no longer the law - we just took three steps back," said Brian. "Of course we had to fix Obamacare because it was not perfect and it wasn't supposed to be."

The poll also asked if voters will hold Republicans in Washington responsible if health care premiums increase this summer?

59% said, "will hold." 31% said "will not hold."

Holmes says health care is not affordable right now but believes both sides need to be held accountable.

"I think its bipartisan issue both sides of the aisle are to blame for that. I think everyone needs to come together to realize this is a bigger issue.

House Republicans voted to repeal and replace but the Senate did not get enough votes.


Wisconsin Survey Results:

PPP surveyed 689 registered voters in Wisconsin from May 9-10. The margin of error is +/- 3.7%.

Q1. Do you approve or disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance?

  • Approve: 46%
  • Disapprove: 50%
  • Not sure: 4%

Q2. Do you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act?

  • Support: 45%
  • Oppose: 38%
  • Not sure: 18%

Q3. Which of the following would you most like to see the Congress do about the Affordable Care Act, given the choices of keeping what works and fixing what doesn’t, or repealing it and starting over with a new healthcare law?

  • Keep what works and fix what doesn't: 62%
  • Repeal it and start over with a new healthcare law: 33%
  • Not sure: 6%

Q4. Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate who supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, or would it not make a difference?

  • More likely: 36%
  • Less likely: 49%
  • Wouldn't make a difference: 11%
  • Not sure: 4%

Q5. Do you think Washington Republicans and President Trump have been trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act, or not?

  • Washington Republicans and President Trump have been trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act: 53%
  • Do not think Washington Republicans and President Trump have been trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act: 35%
  • Not sure: 11%

Q6. In the election for President, did you vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary

Clinton, someone else, or did you not vote in the election?

  • Donald Trump: 45%
  • Hillary Clinton: 45%
  • Someone else / Did not vote: 10%