A new poll found that 71 percent of those asked want President Trump to make Obamacare work instead of trying to undercut it.
The poll conducted by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation was conducted prior to moves by the Trump administration to end payments to Obamacare insurers, and to issue an executive order to explore ways to loosen the law's insurance rules.
The poll found that 21 percent said the president should do whatever he can to "make the law fail so they can replace it later," Kaiser said.
Republicans are more divided about what to do on Obamacare, as 48 percent want to make the law work and 43 percent say the administration should make it fail. About 93 percent of Democrats want the administration to make it work, as do 74 percent of independents.
The poll was conducted Oct. 5 -10 and is comprised of an interview of 1,215 adults. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.
The polling was conducted before President Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to loosen Obamacare insurance rules. Trump also decided late Thursday to abruptly end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers that reimburse them for lowering out-of-pocket costs on low-income Obamacare enrollees.
Democrats and other critics say the moves are blatant acts of sabotage against the law.
The White House said in a statement that the payment decision was due to an earlier court ruling that found the payments needed a congressional appropriation. That ruling has been delayed from going into effect while President Trump decided what to do about the payments.