Q Poll: Voters Reject GOP Health Plan, Support Gun Background Checks

HAMDEN, Conn. — Despite its new name and some tweaks, American voters disapprove more than 3 to 1 of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday.

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And they support background checks for gun buyers, 94 percent to 5 percent, the Q Poll said.

"Call it a dressed up retread of the last GOP healthcare plan, or simply a wolf in sheep's clothing. Americans aren't buying this latest version of the plan to kill Obamacare," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And the dismissal comes with the dire warning: If you vote for this one, you may not be around to vote for the next version."

Disapproval of various versions of the Republican health care plan ranges from 56 percent to 21 percent to 62 percent to 17 percent in surveys by the independent Quinnipiac University conducted since March. 

On March 24, the House of Representatives cancelled a vote on its first health care bill after a Quinnipiac University poll showed voters disapproved 56 percent to 17 percent.

In the newest survey, Republican approval is 37 percent to 23 percent, with overwhelming opposition among every other listed party, gender, education, age or racial group.

Under the Republican plan, their health insurance costs will go up, 41 percent of American voters say, while 10 percent say their costs will go down and 35 percent say costs will stay the same.

On guns, American voters support 94 percent to 5 percent, including 92 percent to 8 percent among voters in households where there is a gun, background checks for all gun buyers. Support is over 90 percent in every listed group.

It's too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today, 57 percent of voters say, while 6 percent say it's too difficult and 32 percent say it's about right.

If more people carried guns, the U.S. would be less safe, 57 percent of voters say, while 35 percent say the nation would be safer.

American voters say 79 percent to 17 percent that the way people talk about politics in the U.S. today contributes to violence. 

The recent shooting of a U.S. Congressman and several other people in Virginia will have no impact on how people talk about politics, 53 percent of voters say, while 11 percent say it will have a positive impact and 31 percent say it will have a negative impact.

From June 22 to June 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,212 voters nationwide with a margin of error of  3.4 percentage points.

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