Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success. Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance, along with penalties for employers with 50 or more workers who fail to offer health coverage. Details aren’t clear, but it appears that — at least initially — the rest of the 2010 health law would remain, including the rule that says insurers must cover people with preexisting medical problems.
In remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that “we just heard from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that under such a plan … 16 million Americans would lose their health insurance, and millions more would pay a 20 percent increase in their premiums.” A bipartisan group of 10 governors – including Ohio’s John Kasich and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval – signed a letter echoing these concerns and urging the Senate to reject it. But earlier in the day, some Republicans saw this concept as a means to advance the debate.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s approval ratings bumped up slightly in the latest results from Morning Consult.
The poll showed that Martinez’s approval rating among registered voters moved back toward even, with 44 percent approval and 45 percent disapproval and 10 percent undecided. Martinez is the 10th-least popular governor out of 49 polled. In the Morning Consult’s April poll, 44 percent approved of Martinez’s job performance while 48 percent disapproved. The difference in results is within the poll’s margin of error. While Martinez is near the bottom of the ratings, she is well ahead of those at the very bottom—Kansas’ Sam Brownback and New Jersey’s Chris Christie have approval ratings of just 25 percent against disapproval ratings of 66 percent and 69 percent.
A new poll examining the job approval ratings of every governor and U.S. senator showed Gov. Susana Martinez near the bottom of the rankings and both of the state’s senators at mid-pack. That poll comes from Morning Consult, a website that regularly releases polls, most notably on President Donald Trump’s approval ratings, and is the website’s first approval ratings poll since the 2016 general election. The Morning Consult poll showed 43 percent of New Mexican registered voters approve of Martinez’s job performance while 48 percent disapprove. Martinez ranks 41st in approval ratings among governors. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was not included in the rankings because he took over for Nikki Haley, who is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
A new survey says 50 percent of New Mexican registered voters approve of Gov. Susana Martinez’s job performance, according to a Morning Consult poll that looked at the approval ratings of all 50 governors. That’s compared to the 45 percent who disapprove. Her approval rating increased from the last time Morning Consult released results, in May. At that time, 48 percent of New Mexican registered voters approved of Martinez’s job performance to 45 percent who disapproved. Martinez has the 11th-highest percentage of those who disapprove, and the 32nd-highest amount of those who approve of her job performance.
Both of New Mexico’s U.S. Senators are relatively popular, though a large amount of the state voters don’t have an opinion about them either way, according to a poll by online polling firm Morning Consult.
The poll, which looked at the approval rating of all 100 U.S. Senators, showed New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, both Democrats, in the middle of the pack when it came to popularity. Morning Consult’s poll found 54 percent of New Mexican voters approve of the way Tom Udall is doing his job, compared 27 percent who disapprove. For Heinrich, 46 percent approve while 29 percent disapprove. The rest said they didn’t know or had no opinion about either senator. The numbers are slightly down for both from April, where Udall had a 57 percent approval rating (and 23 percent who disapproved), while Heinrich had a 49 percent approval rating (to 24 percent who disapproved).
A new poll shows Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in a two-way race in New Mexico, but the former Secretary of State edges Trump in the state when third-party candidates are included. That’s the news from a Morning Consult poll released Thursday. The poll is part of a fifty-state survey released by the organization involving questions from polls throughout August. The poll shows Trump leading Clinton 42.6 percent to 39.8 percent in a two-way race in New Mexico, with 17.6 percent of respondents saying they don’t know or are undecided. When Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are added to the mix, Clinton narrowly leads Trump 35.9 percent to 34.7 percent.
If you’re looking for consistency in Gary Johnson’s poll numbers, the polls released in the last week won’t help you. In five polls that included the Libertarian Party candidates’ name, his support spans from just four percent to 11 percent. The poll that showed Johnson’s greatest support was conducted by Morning Consult, which showed 11 percent of registered voters would choose Johnson when pitted against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who received 39 percent of the support, and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, 36 percent. When Johnson was not included, Clinton led 44 percent to 39 percent. According to Morning Consult, at least, Johnson takes more support away from the Democratic candidate than the Republican candidate.
Another national poll that included Gary Johnson has him in double digits when faced up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Morning Consult had Clinton at 38 percent and Trump at 35 percent, while Johnson pulled in 10 percent, and 17 percent still were undecided. From the pollster: The 10 percent support for Johnson is about twice as high as most tracking polls from 2012, when he also ran for president against Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico. A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for NM Political Report showed Johnson at 14 percent in New Mexico.