Two-thirds of New Yorkers say “keep and improve” Obamacare

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New York voters say they hope their representatives in Washington will keep and improve Obamacare instead of repealing it, according to a Siena College poll released Thursday.

By a 65-to-32 percent margin — down only slightly from May — voters prefer to keep and improve the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) rather than repeal and replace it.

Only 12 percent of New Yorkers want the U.S. Senate to pass a health care bill similar to the House bill, while 44 percent want the Senate to pass a bill with support from Republicans and Democrats, and 37 percent want the Senate to not act at all and leave Obamacare in place as is.

“Health care continues to divide voters — largely along partisan lines. Sixty percent of independents and 83 percent of Democrats want to keep and improve Obamacare, while 68 percent of Republicans want it repealed and replaced,” said Siena College Pollster Steve Greenberg said. “There is little support for the health care bill the Senate had been considering, even among Republicans. Only 27 percent of Republicans want the Senate to pass a bill similar to the House bill, while 47 percent [or Republicans] would like to see a bipartisan health care bill passed in the Senate.”

Seventy-two percent of New York City voters, 60 percent of suburban voters and 60 percent of upstate voters tell pollsters to keep Obamacare in place and make improvements.

Fifty-eight percent of white voters, 95 percent of black voters and 74 percent of Latino voters say they prefer to leave Obamacare intact and make improvements.

This Siena College Poll was conducted July 9 to July 13, 2017 by telephone calls conducted in English to 793 New York state registered voters. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest male in the household. It has an overall margin of error of 4.0 percentage points.

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