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Poll: More than 80 percent of GOP voters still want Congress to repeal ObamaCare

Poll: More than 80 percent of GOP voters still want Congress to repeal ObamaCare
© Greg Nash

More than 80 percent of Republican voters think repealing and replacing ObamaCare should be an "extremely important priority" for Congress, according to a new poll released Friday. 

Of Republican voters surveyed in the Politico-Harvard poll, 53 percent say repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act should be an "extremely important priority," 26 percent said it should be a "very important priority" and 5 percent said it should be a "somewhat important priority." 

Another 16 percent of Republican voters surveyed said it shouldn't be a priority for Congress. 

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The GOP's effort to repeal and replace President Obama's signature health-care law fizzled out when Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (R-Ariz.) cast the deciding vote against the Senate's "skinny repeal" in July. 

Republicans in Congress now only have two weeks to repeal the law through the fast-track budget bill they were going to use to avoid a Democratic filibuster because it expires at the end of September. Any other effort would require 60 votes, which would be nearly impossible. 

A last-ditch effort sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Portman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run Trump rules out starting a new party: 'Fake news' Sunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate MORE (R-La.) to repeal ObamaCare has gained attention in recent days but likely won't get the support needed to pass. 

Cassidy expressed optimism that he could squeeze out the votes on Friday.

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Among Democratic voters, 37 percent said repealing the ACA should be a priority for Congress, with 18 percent saying it should be an "extremely important priority," 9 percent saying it should be a "very important priority" and 10 percent saying it should be a "somewhat important priority." 

Another 60 percent of Democratic voters said it shouldn't be a priority for Congress. 

Overall, 26 percent of those surveyed said repealing and replacing the ACA should be an "extremely important priority," while 20 percent said it should be a "very important priority."

Another 10 percent said it should only be a "somewhat important priority" and 40 percent said it shouldn't be a priority at all.