Poll: 61 percent of Americans do not want Obamacare repealed and replaced

President Trump and many Republicans intend to move forward with another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

But according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, most Americans don't want them to.

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The poll, conducted between April 17 and 20, found 61 percent of respondents support keeping and working to improve the health care plan in place, while only 37 percent say they want it entirely repealed and replaced.

Ultimately 79 percent said Trump should invest in the Affordable Care Act's success rather than expend time and energy ensuring its failure.

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The support for the current law reveals a significant shift in public sentiment. The ABC/Post poll conducted in January found more even sentiments as Trump began his first term, with 46 percent opposed to repeal and 47 percent in favor. The option of "improvement" was not offered in that survey.

The newer poll comes after the president and Congress failed at their first attempt to replace and repeal the law. House Speaker Paul Ryan canceled a vote on the legislation at the last minute when it became apparent that there was insufficient Republican support -- despite the party controlling the House -- to see the legislation pass.

Trump has promised to repeal and replace the law with a new piece of legislation in the future, but has yet to reveal any details on what that bill might include.

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""If our healthcare plan is approved, you will see real healthcare and premiums will start tumbling down. ObamaCare is in a death spiral!" Trump tweeted on Monday.

Sean Spicer also spoke out about the legislation during his Monday press briefing, telling reporters it remained a priority for the Trump administration.

"We feel very good about the direction that it's going in. It's been very positive," he said.