Palmdale Republican Rep. Steve Knight continues to see his approval rating hover in the mid-30s as voters in his district express major concerns about Knight’s positions on taxes and health care.
Only 36 percent of Knight’s constituents approve of his job performance, according to Public Policy Polling. It’s the second time this month a polling firm has found his approval mired below 40 percent.
The poll looked at what voters thought of the tax plan and changes to the Affordable Care Act championed by Knight. And the results help explain Knight’s low approval.
A striking 83 percent of voters “indicated they have major (64 percent) or minor (19 percent) concerns after Knight voted for a health care plan that allows insurance companies to impose an unfair age tax on people over 50.”
In 2017, Knight voted for the Republican bill to repeal and replace the ACA, a bill that would “impose an unfair and unacceptable ‘age tax,'” according to AARP. The bill would have allowed “insurance companies to charge people between the ages of 50 and 64 (those too young for Medicare) five times what they can charge younger consumers.”
Despite opposition from his constituents, Knight sided with Trump and threw his support behind this effort, which passed in the House of Representatives but failed in the Senate.
The tax bill championed by Knight has the same approval as the embattled congressman: 36 percent. Yet when Trump needed Knight’s vote for the tax bill, Knight turned his back on constituents and sided with White House demands.
When asked if they would benefit from the proposal, half of voters said no, with fewer than 1 in 3 saying they would personally benefit.
Voters in Knight’s district are right to be skeptical. In a nationwide survey, only 1 in 4 voters have seen their paychecks increase since the tax bill passed, a far cry from what Knight promised when the bill was being debated in Congress.
Meanwhile, Knight boasted, “workers [will] see more money in their paychecks every month for them and their families to enjoy.”
While millions of average Californians will face tax hikes from bill, the wealthiest sure are benefitting. The bill is ushering in a “golden age” for the luxury private jet industry, and corporations are lavishing Wall Street investors with stock buybacks.
Knight is desperate to turn public opinion on the bill around, and has taken to using deception and half-truths to do it.
Instead of misleading his constituents, maybe Knight should try listening to them. Come November, voters may choose someone who is loyal to the district rather than Trump.