Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

Although Trump helped his party to win voters a traditional Republican agenda could not, the nature of his agenda could make Republican party management in Congress more hard.

Predictably for a man who built a career on clamping down on opponents, Trump shot back, blaming first Democrats and then the 35-strong group of right-wing Republicans known as the Freedom Caucus who opposed the healthcare Bill on the grounds that it represented excessive use of government funds.

"This sends a clear message to President Trump and Republicans".


The administration has now indicated that the White House will now focus on passing tax reform - which will seek to lower taxes for corporations and include tax incentives for investments and job creation.

The failure of the health bill in the House may have spared a couple GOP senators a tough vote as the legislation grew increasingly unpopular with the public.

MONTANARO: Well, you know, look.

Trump's inability to close the deal on healthcare thus reduces his bargaining space for the next item in his agenda: tax cuts.

"Did you ask to see the documents yourself?"

And it's been something of a marriage of convenience for Trump and Ryan and McConnell. "We gave them everything". "Democrats are smiling in D.C.", he tweeted, "that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & (Obamacare)!".

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As for ObamaCare, Trump is right to point out that ObamaCare is on life support right now, and rising premiums, copays and deductibles were forecast even if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency.

The threat of being "primaried" by Trump in the mid-terms is unlikely to keep Freedom Caucus members awake at night.

Far from being a transitory failure, the fall of Trump-Ryancare may be the first indication of a paradox.

"He's driving the vehicle off the cliff in every other kind of policy and executive action he's trying to push through, but (not) the economy", said Ryan Mills, a 27-year-old tobacco company chemist from Greensboro, North Carolina. Last week, just 13% said Obamacare would never be repealed. Trump himself has seemed to flirt with this idea. And that loss of support comes nearly entirely from Republicans and Trump voters - not Democrats. "I know he wants to get things done with the Republican Congress, but if this Republican Congress allows the flawless to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats. That's such an easy one". I don't want government running healthcare'.

"Yeah, I have seen the actual documents".

With less than a month to go, there's a lot of fence-mending that's going to have to happen on Capitol Hill if there's to be any chance of avoiding a shutdown.

"We dodged a major bullet, but there's quite a lot to be anxious about", said Marjorie Innocent, senior director of health programs for the NAACP.

But Ryan and his colleagues, especially the members of the House Freedom Caucus who fought for the creation of a more free-market system, should also note that the ideological debate over the government's role in health care has largely been resolved, at least in the court of public opinion.

Ryan told "CBS This Morning" that if Trump works with Democrats, they will "try and change Obamacare and that's not, that's hardly a conservative thing". We are. We work with Democrats all the time. Ninety percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents and even 31 percent of Republicans disapprove of Trump on the issue, his worst of seven issues tested in the poll.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Domenico Montanaro, thanks.