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Something you might not recognize amid the fisticuffs happening on college campuses and the front steps of conservative think-tanks is that some people think the country is getting better.

Rasmussen polls asked people if they thought the country was headed in the right direction. It’s a question they ask several times a year. This week’s poll is an improvement over last week’s poll.

  • 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction

That’s up a point from the previous week. Prior to that, this number had been dropping steadily to new lows for the Trump administration from the mid-40s for the previous four weeks. It ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016.

The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from April 16-20, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

In addition, Rasmussen Polls asked 1000 likely voters:

Have efforts by national Democrats to oppose Trump during his first 100 days in office been a success, a failure or somewhere in between the two?”

Few Democrats are pleased with their own party’s attempts to oppose Donald Trump in his first 100 days as president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey found:

  • 11% of Likely Democratic Voters believe efforts by the Democrats to oppose Trump during his first 100 days in office were successful.
  • 24% of Democrats think those efforts were a failure
  • 63% say they’re somewhere in between.

This correlates with a February poll that found the following:

Most voters agree that it’s bad for America and bad for the Democratic Party if Democrats continue to flat out oppose everything President Trump does. Even Democrats are conflicted about their party’s scorched earth policy.

Here are the questions that were asked:

  1. The national Democratic Party has reportedly decided to engage in total opposition to President Trump and his agenda. Is it better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible, or is it better for the country if Democrats try to work with him?
  2. Is it better for the Democratic Party if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible, or is it better for their party if they try to work with him?

The February 28 Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey found:

  • 29% of all Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible.
  • 63% say it’s better for the country if Democrats try to work with the president instead.

The findings were identical when voters are asked about the impact of the Democrats’ reported strategy on the fortunes of their own party.

  • 29% say it’s better for the Democratic Party if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible.
  • 63% disagree and think it’s better for the party if Democrats try to work with Trump.
  • 44% of Democrats feel it’s better for both the country and their party if they oppose the new president as much as possible, but
  • 46% say it’s better for America if Democrats try to work with Trump, and
  • 45% say it’s better for their party, too.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 26-27, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Most voters blame disagreements between Trump and congressional Democrats on politics alone but don’t think the ongoing protests against the new president are going to make any difference.

Sizable majorities of Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party agree that the country and the Democratic Party are better off if Democrats try to work with the president.

Most voters in nearly every demographic category think it’s bad for the country and bad for Democrats if they totally oppose Trump and his agenda.

Most self-described politically liberal voters, however, believe it is better for America and better for the Democratic Party to fight the president in every way possible. An overwhelming majority of conservatives and most moderates disagree.

Over 90% of voters who Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing say it’s bad for the country and for Democrats to totally oppose Trump. Among voters who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s job performance, 60% say it’s better for the country and 58% think it’s better for the Democratic Party if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible.

Just after the election in November, 64% of Democrats said it is more important for their party to stand up for what it believes in rather than work with the new president.  Thirty-two percent (32%) disagreed and said Democrats should work with Trump.

But a majority of all voters – including half of Democrats – say Democrats in Congress won’t be able to halt the president’s agenda.

83% believe Trump is likely to reverse or abolish most of President Obama’s accomplishments.

45% of voters say the country is headed in the right direction. That compares to 29% a year ago and is higher than during any week of Obama’s presidency, which I think is very significant.

I’m not a Trump supporter, but I’m not in the “Oppose him at all costs” camp and I think this poll supports me in that choice.

 

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Posted April 29, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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