Poll: Voters trust Kimmel more than GOP on health care

Voters trust late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel more than Republican leaders on health care, according to a new poll.

By 47 to 34 percent, polled voters say they trust Kimmel more on the issue, Public Policy Polling, a progressive firm, found.

The host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" also has a higher favorability rating than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHawley warns Schumer to steer clear of Catholic-based criticisms of Barrett Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.).


Forty-seven percent have a favorable impression of Kimmel, with 30 percent unfavorable. McConnell is underwater with 14 percent favorable, 61 unfavorable, and Ryan has a 25-51 split.

Kimmel became a voice in the debate, arguing against ObamaCare repeal. He spoke about his newborn son, born with a serious heart condition, and said Republican bills would take away coverage from those with pre-existing conditions.

Kimmel blasted Senate Republicans' latest bill, drafted by Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyCoushatta tribe begins long road to recovery after Hurricane Laura Senators offer disaster tax relief bill Bottom line MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHarris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Confirmation hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick to start Oct. 12 MORE (R-S.C.).

Cassidy previously appeared on Kimmel's show and said GOP bills should pass what the two dubbed the "Jimmy Kimmel test," protecting those with pre-existing conditions.

Kimmel claimed the Graham-Cassidy bill would fail that test, a claim Cassidy disputed.

Republican leaders abandoned plans to hold a vote on the bill this week after it became clear it lacked the votes to pass.

The poll found only 27 percent of those polled supported the Graham-Cassidy bill, with 53 percent opposed. Respondents preferred ObamaCare over Graham-Cassidy by 53 percent to 34 percent. 

ObamaCare now enjoys a newfound popularity among voters, with only 32 percent of respondents wanting the law scrapped. Sixty-two percent said it should be fixed.

The survey was conducted Sept. 22-25 and polled 865 registered voters. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.