Trump policy shifts contradict what Americans want, polls reveal

A number of significant policy changes enacted by the Trump administration fall out of line with the views held by the majority of Americans, according to multiple recent polls.

Obamacare‘s popularity has been steadily climbing since President Trump took office, and two of his major Obama-era reversals — the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord and to restrict access to Cuba — go directly against the popular views of Americans, according to polls cited below.

While Trump regularly touts his Electoral College victory, he did lose the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, which may contribute to some of the post-election issue-based polling results.

Obamacare

Favorable views of Obamacare surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in late June, when the Republican-controlled Senate was debating and proposing its own replacement health care plan.

In that poll by Kaiser — which conducts monthly health care tracking polls — 51 percent of respondents had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, 41 percent held an unfavorable view, and 8 percent didn’t know.

By contrast, the Senate Republicans’ plan was viewed favorably by 30 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 55 percent of respondents. Sixteen percent of respondents did not choose one of the two options.

Trump bemoaned Obamacare throughout his campaign and has continued to do so into his presidency. In the past week alone, he has described Obamacare as “expensive and dangerous,” “melting down” and “a total disaster.”

He has called for it to be repealed and replaced with a new plan, but because of the ongoing debate over the proposed Senate version — a vote on which got postponed because of a lack of support — Trump has started to suggest that Obamacare should be repealed even if a replacement is not lined up.

Cuba

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Sen. Marco Rubio (C) congratulates President Donald Trump after the president announced policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16, 201,7 in Miami.

The latest large poll on Americans’ views of the re-establishment of relations with Cuba and the loosening of travel restrictions to the island nation was a Pew poll released in December 2016 after Trump was elected, but before his inauguration.

According to the poll, 75 percent of respondents approved of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations,…

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