President Donald Trump has made it a priority early in his term to reverse several key policies enacted by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. Polling indicates that a majority of Americans supported these Obama policies, placing the broader public at odds with the Trump administration.
The key policies in question are the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and American participation in the Paris Climate Agreement, ABC News reports.
Trump has urged congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare, with a new health care system. After the Senate delayed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Trump took to social media to suggest that Republicans should outright repeal the ACA and figure out a new health care system later if they cannot swiftly pass a replacement bill.
"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" Trump tweeted out on June 30.
However, polling indicates that Obamacare is more popular than ever. On June 23, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 51 percent of national adults viewed the ACA favorably, marking the highest level of popularity that the polling group had recorded for the health care law since 2010.
On July 4, a Morning Consult survey found that 41 percent of registered voters approved of the BCRA while 45 percent disapproved. A slight plurality of voters wanted congressional Republicans to keep the ACA intact, with 44 percent of respondents wanting them to move on to other issues while 42 percent wanted them to follow through on repealing the health care law.
On June 16, Trump announced during a Miami rally that he would roll back the U.S. policy towards Cuba that had been established under Obama.
"I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba," Trump said, according to CNN.
The policy changes reinstalled travel restrictions on Americans hoping to venture to the neighboring nation and reimposed economic restrictions on several Cuban business sectors.
In December 2016, a Pew Research Center survey found that 75 percent of national adults approved of Obama's initiative to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba. Breaking down the data, even 62 percent of Republican-leaning respondents approved of the warming of relations. Additionally, 73 percent of overall respondents also supported the U.S. trade embargo on the neighboring country, which still remains in place.
On June 1, Trump announced that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement between nearly 200 countries to reduce their carbon emissions to curb the impact of climate change.
On June 5, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that only 28 percent of national adults approved of Trump's decision while 59 percent were opposed; 32 percent believed that the decision would help the U.S. economy while 42 percent said it would actually hurt it.
Furthermore, 18 percent of respondents said withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would improve America's standing in the world while 55 percent believed it would hurt U.S. leadership in global affairs, according to the Washington Post.