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Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes walks away after speaking with reporters outside the West Wing of the White House

Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trumps handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Trump's relationship with the media was reflected in the Monmouth poll, with 81 percent of respondents stating that he has a worse relationship with the media than past presidents. In fact, 55 percent say taxes are too high and almost three-out-of-four voters say they want to see President Trump's promise of changes in the tax code this year become a reality.

Fifty-nine percent said Trump's conduct as president makes them feel "embarrassed", while 31 percent said "proud".

President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the AHCA health care bill was pulled before a vote in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Thirty-percent of Republicans said it didn't pass because "Democrats didn't compromise", but only 14 percent of the entire group gave that response.

Trump's overall job approval rating is 40 percent, while 52 percent disapprove.

Americans are also divided on what is a greater concern - 42 percent said the issue of possible improper communications with Russian Federation by the Trump campaign, while 46 percent said possible leaks from the intelligence community.

A total of 56 percent of Americans said it is somewhat likely that Trump associates had improper contact with the Russian government, including 85 percent of Democrats.

The poll, conducted over five days preceding and following last Friday's collapse of the GOP health care bill, suggests the political damage could be hard for Trump to leave behind even if the economy stays strong.

Almost all Democrats and most independents disapproved of Trump's performance on health care, but so did around 1 in 3 Republicans.

Besides Trump, who backed the bill, and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who was expected to shepherd it through Congress, the poll asked if people blamed House Republicans, House Democrats or the media. More than 8 in 10 Americans believe online news sources do so.

— Most Americans — 62 percent — say the country is headed in the wrong direction, while just 37 percent say it's headed in the right direction. Most Democrats and Independents say so, and just over one-third of Republicans do as well.

This survey of 1,062 adults was conducted March 22-27 by The Marist Poll, sponsored and funded in partnership with McClatchy.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points.