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Thu Mar 9, 2017, 09:40 AM

On nearly every issue, more Americans oppose Trump's agenda than support it

By Philip Bump March 8 at 2:51 PM

Among the many questionable claims that have come from the White House over the past month and a half, one of the most questionable came from an unexpected source: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, Priebus asserted that the policies President Trump had outlined to that point met with the approval of 80 percent of the American public. We considered that claim and determined it to be true — if you considered only Republicans to be Americans.

An expansive new poll from Quinnipiac University allows us to look at the question more closely. The pollsters gauged public opinion on a broad range of issues that have already emerged from the Trump White House — policy on Russia, transgender school bathroom use, deportations. On only one did more people agree with Trump’s position than oppose it.

Here is the data, broken out by party. In those situations where support or opposition tops 50 percent, the bars are slightly darker in color.



(In most cases, the question posed by the pollster was whether Trump should or should not take an action. The question on policy toward Russia was approve/disapprove. “Support” for Trump’s position on transgender students is to oppose bathroom choice. On deportation, the question was whether Trump was being too aggressive; “support” for Trump in this case was a combination of “acting appropriately” and “not aggressive enough.” Gaps in the bars indicate those responding who weren’t sure of their opinion.)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 9, 2017, 09:50 AM

1. Same with Americans' positions on the GOP agenda. But, as a recent study shows, what voters want

has virtually NO influence on policy, because legislators shape policy to please deep-pocket donors--mainly corporations.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 10, 2017, 08:03 AM

2. Thank you!!! That's exactly it. It doesn't matter if 100% of Americans want

a single payer health plan...or anything else.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 10, 2017, 03:41 PM

3. Maybe more Americans need to get off their asses and vote?

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