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Most (63%) of the public oppose such negotiating tactics that could disrupt insurance markets and cause people to lose health coverage. After repeal of the health care law failed in Congress, Trump said, "We'll let Obamacare fail" and "We're not going to own it". Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the presidents negotiating tactics, the survey said.

A much larger share of Americans (78 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while few (17 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later.

In the wake of Trump's comments on Thursday, several Republicans said his words could instead backfire, making it more hard to get his agenda passed on Capitol Hill, where McConnell is a key figure and still popular among fellow GOP senators.

Moving forward, a majority of the public (60 percent) says President Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA. If Trump continues to mess with Obamacare, as this poll illustrates, Republicans will pay a heavy price in 2018.

The poll found that 52 percent have a positive view of Obama's law, a 9 percentage point increase since Trump was elected last November.

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The Kaiser poll notes that 60 percent of America thinks that it was a "good thing" that Republicans did not get their bill passed.

And around two-thirds from those groups want Trump to stop enforcing the tax penalty Obama's law levies on people who don't buy coverage.

More people say they are "relieved" (51%) or "happy" (47%) that the Senate did not pass a bill than say they are "disappointed" (38%) or "angry" (19%). Insurers say such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

This month's survey also probes the public's views about the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, which allow Americans who don't get insurance through their employer to shop for and purchase insurance, with tax credits available to low- and moderate-income customers. "I think Donald Trump spoke to the American people during the campaign and that's why he's in office, because they're sick and exhausted of this kind of stuff happening in Washington, D.C., people saying, 'we can't do it, ' well why can't you do it?"

The poll of 1,211 adults was conducted August 1- 6.The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.

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