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Most Americans Think Abortion Rights, the Affordable Care Act, and SNAP Will Be Under Threat if Republicans Control the White House and Congress

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 By Gabriela Parra
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Poll: Costs and Personal Finances

This Navigator Research report contains polling data on how Americans are weighing risks to themselves, their families, and their daily lives currently, what programs Americans believe may be under threat in the future, and which policies from President Biden and Congressional Democrats are seen as most convincing to support them.

Americans see corporate greed and an economic recession as posing the greatest risk to themselves, their families, and their daily lives.


86 percent of Americans feel corporate greed driving up costs poses a risk to the daily lives for themselves and their families, including 54 percent feel corporate greed poses a “major” risk. The risk is felt overwhelmingly across partisanship, including among nine in ten Democrats (89 percent poses a risk), and more than four in five independents (85 percent poses a risk) and Republicans (84 percent poses a risk). Other things Americans feel pose a risk to themselves, their families, or their daily lives include an economic recession (86 percent risk), government spending driving up costs (82 percent risk), crime (75 percent risk), and terrorism (68 percent).

Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Biggest Risks to Families: Costs Rising and a Recession

If Republicans win control of the White House and Congress, majorities say various rights and benefits would be under threat.


Americans feel the right to an abortion, the Affordable Care Act, and supplemental nutrition assistance programs will all be under threat if Republicans regain the White House and control of Congress. Seven in ten Americans feel the right to an abortion would be under threat (69 percent) as a majority feel it would be “very” under threat (53 percent). Further, two in three feel the Affordable Care Act would be under threat (64 percent, including 44 percent who feel it would be “very” under threat). Other programs Americans feel would be under threat include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (57 percent), Medicaid (53 percent), Medicare (52 percent) and Social Security (50 percent). 

  • In our last survey, a vast majority of Americans support increasing funding for Social Security (82 percent), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (72 percent), and the Affordable Care Act (76 percent), and this survey also found that three in five Americans view the Affordable Care Act favorably, the highest share in Navigator’s five years of tracking (net +37; 61 percent favorable – 24 percent unfavorable).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Under GOP Leadership, the Right to an Abortion, the Affordable Care Act, SNAP, Medicaid “Very” Under Threat

Americans are divided on which party they trust on looking out for people who work for a living and growing the middle class.


Democrats have slightly greater trust on growing the middle class (net +3; 44 percent Biden/Democrats – 41 percent Republicans); however, trust narrowly favors Republicans to grow the middle class among independents (net -5; 28 percent Biden/Democrats – 33 percent Republicans, with 39 percent who are unsure). Americans are evenly split on which party they trust to look out for people who work for a living (net +1; 44 percent Biden/Democrats – 43 percent Republicans), including among independents (net -1; 31 percent Biden/Democrats – 32 percent Republicans), while Democrats are slightly above water among Americans living in households earning between $50,000 to $100,000 per year (net +3; 46 percent Biden/Democrats – 43 percent Republicans). 

  • By an 11-point margin, a greater share of Americans trust Democrats on handling the issue of corporate greed (43 percent Biden/Democrats – 32 percent Republicans,) including among a plurality of Americans living in households earning less than $50,000 per year (net +8; 41 percent Biden/Democrats – 33 percent Republicans). Democrats are slightly more trusted among independents (net +6; 28 percent Biden/Democrats – 22 percent Republicans), but 50 percent of independents are unsure of which party to trust.
  • Republicans continue to maintain trust advantages on handling the issue of inflation (net -10; 37 percent Biden/Democrats – 47 percent Republicans), jobs and the economy (net -8; 40 percent Biden/Democrats – 48 percent Republicans), and the cost of living (net -5; 42 percent Biden/Democrats – 47 percent Republicans).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Americans Are Divided on Who to Trust on Economic Issues: Democrats Lead on “Corporate Greed,” Middle Class

The strongest corporate greed/cost messaging focuses on bringing down pharmaceutical costs.


Giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices, protecting consumers and increasing corporate transparency, making sure corporations are paying their fair share in taxes, and making it easier for workers to join a union and supporting collective bargaining are seen as the most convincing reasons to support the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress, including among those who disapprove of both Biden and Republicans in Congress on their handling of the economy. 61 percent of Americans find it convincing that “Biden and Democrats are taking on greedy drug companies’ skyrocketing profits by giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower prescription drug costs and capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month for seniors on Medicare,” including 51 percent of independents, 47 percent of those who disapprove of both Biden and Republicans in Congress on their economic handling, and one in three Republicans (35 percent). Other convincing reasons include: 

  • Biden and Democrats are protecting consumers and increasing corporate transparency by banning businesses from charging hidden and misleading fees, known as “junk” fees(52 percent convincing, including 45 percent of independents);
  • Biden and Democrats increased the minimum tax on corporate profits to 15 percent to make sure that corporations pay their fair share in taxes (51 percent convincing, including 42 percent of independents); and,
  • Biden and Democrats are making it easier for workers to join a union and support workers’ right to bargain collectively for better workplace conditions, including better pay and benefits (50 percent convincing, including 42 percent of independents).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Americans Are Frustrated with Both Biden and Congressional Republicans on the Economy
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Taking on Big Pharma, Junk Fees Among Most Convincing Messages Around Costs

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Polling data on LGBTQ+ issues in the United States, including support for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination laws.

Most Americans Think the United States Is Not Doing Enough to Support Families

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Most Impactful Congressional Accomplishments: Lowering Health Care Costs & Domestic Manufacturing

Poll data on how constituents perceive a variety of different policies passed by Congress in recent years and how they evaluate forward-looking goals and priorities of Democratic lawmakers in Congress.

About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from November 30-December 4, 2023. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 75 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters. The survey was conducted online, recruiting respondents from an opt-in online panel vendor. Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of our sample matched that of the national registered voter population across a variety of demographic variables.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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