A new poll found a majority of the American public say stabilizing Obamacare's markets and reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program are more important than repealing the healthcare law.
The poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation comes less than a week before the Senate is expected to take up a bill several call the last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare.
The poll found 69 percent of Americans said it was extremely or very important to stabilize Obamacare's insurance markets and 75 percent said they support reauthorizing CHIP. The children's insurance program expires at the end of this month.
However, only 47 percent of Americans said they want Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.
There are stark differences between party affiliation with 71 percent of Republicans favoring repeal compared to 28 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents.
Republicans are scrambling to get support for a bill that would overhaul Obamacare. The legislation would give Obamacare funding to states via block grants, but several analyses found that it would also severely cut federal funding overall for healthcare.
A recent poll from the Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling found that only 24 percent of 638 registered voters supported the legislation led by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La.
The Kaiser poll also delved into public support for Sen. Bernie Sanders', I-Vt., bill to create a socialized healthcare system. It found that 54 percent of the public favor the single-payer, government-run system and 43 percent oppose it.
However, Kaiser found that attitudes towards single payer may be swayed.
For instance, policy ideas for buying into Medicare or Medicaid had more support, with 66 percent supporting a Medicaid buy-in to let people buy Medicaid plans and 63 percent supporting the same idea for Medicare.
The Kaiser poll was of 1,179 adults surveyed from Sept. 13 to 18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.