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U.S. adults divided on healthcare reform

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U.S. adults are divided on the government's best approach to healthcare insurance reform, according to a Gallup poll.

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The largest segment, 44 percent, want "significant changes" to the existing Affordable Care Act but to keep it in place, according to the survey.

Thirty percent favor repealing and replacing the law and 23 percent want to keep the ACA as it is.

Gallup conducted telephone interviews from July 5 to Saturday with a random sample of 1,021 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

"President Donald Trump has promised Americans a 'beautiful' healthcare bill, but Americans themselves have varying opinions on what such a bill should look like," Gallup's Justin McCarthy said.

"No groundswell of support is emerging for any approach, but the greatest share of Americans prefer the idea of keeping the law while making significant changes to it."

Americans' views generally are aligned with members of Congress based on party.

Among Republican voters, 70 percent favor repealing and replacing the law, known as Obamacare compared with 23 percent wanting to keep the act and make significant changes, and 6 percent to keep it largely in place.

On the other side of the political spectrum, 48 percent of Democratic respondents want significant changes but 39 percent want to keep it largely in place, and 4 percent support repealing and replacing the law.

With independents, 48 percent want to keep the ACA and make changes. The rest are somewhat equally divided - 25 percent repeal and replace and 23 percent keep it as is.

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