Americans' views on President Trump's tax reform proposals are split along predictably partisan lines, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll reports Tuesday, albeit with some noteworthy details.
A mere 7 percent of Democrats back Trump's plan compared to 60 percent of Republicans — a strong majority, but not an indicator of enthusiasm as dramatic as Democrats' distaste — and 29 percent of independents. In aggregate, just 28 percent of Americans support the plan. Another 44 percent oppose it, while 28 percent told pollsters they have no opinion, perhaps due to ongoing uncertainty as to what, exactly, the plan will change.
One point on which Americans can agree, however, is that middle and lower income earners deserve a tax break. Tax cuts for businesses receive greater support (45 percent) than those for the wealthy (33 percent), and corporate tax cuts are viewed most favorably, another survey published Monday noted, if they are cast as an opportunity for economic growth. Most of the Post/ABC poll respondents (51 percent) believe Trump's plan will cut income taxes for the rich, while a third say it will favor the middle class or treat both groups equally. Bonnie Kristian
Most Americans are uneasy when they think about how President Trump might handle North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, results from a new CBS poll released Tuesday reveal. Predictably, answers were split along partisan lines, but in the national average, 6 in 10 say they are not confident in Trump's ability to deal with this tension:
The poll also found nearly the same proportion of Americans — 60 percent — remain confident the North Korean nukes situation can be contained without war. Another 29 percent say military action is necessary, while 7 percent say Pyongyang's weapons development is not a threat to the United States. Answers to this question were clearly linked to respondents' belief about whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is actively planning a strike on the U.S. or merely posturing to look tough in the international arena. Bonnie Kristian
Americans are increasingly willing to put U.S. boots on the ground to fight for South Korea in the event of a North Korean invasion, new poll results released Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reveal. In fact, for the first time since the organization began polling on this question in 1990, a majority of Americans — 62 percent — are ready to go to war for South Korea.
Pre-emptive military action against North Korea to stop its development of nuclear weapons is significantly less popular: Only 28 percent of Americans support sending U.S. forces into North Korea to destroy its weapons development facilities, though 4 in 10 would back airstrikes to take them out. On both options, Republicans are more enthusiastic about military action than Democrats, with a majority (54 percent) supporting airstrikes. Bonnie Kristian
Half of those who voted for President Trump in the 2016 election falsely believe he won the nation's popular vote, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday reveals.
Among all voters, 59 percent correctly say Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but only 40 percent of Trump voters agree. Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump, who claims without evidence that 3 to 5 million votes for Clinton were fraudulent.
Trump voters are not the only ones to be conveniently misinformed, the survey results show. Though they are more likely to have correct knowledge of the 2016 results, nearly a quarter of Clinton voters — 22 percent — say she won the Electoral College vote. In reality, Trump won with 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 227; that is why he is president. Bonnie Kristian
Americans are evenly divided over whether President Trump should be impeached, USA Today/iMediaEthics poll results released Monday reveal. While 42 percent believe impeachment is appropriate, exactly 42 percent say it isn't. In another even split, the same survey found 34 percent of Americans would be upset about such an impeachment, and another 34 percent would not.
Though impeachment does not necessarily entail removal from office, as in the case of former President Bill Clinton, more than a third of those surveyed — 36 percent — said they think it likely or certain Trump will not complete his first term. There, as with the impeachment questions, partisanship is amply evident: Just 1 in 10 Republicans doubt Trump will finish out the first four years.
After sorting poll respondents into two categories — the 36 percent of Americans who approve of President Trump and the 58 percent who don't — the Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday asked them to get specific: What is it you most like (for the approvers) or dislike (for the disapprovers) about the Trump presidency?
The 58 percent who disapprove apparently had trouble choosing. In first place with 13 percent is "everything," which is matched only by the "way he talks/acts," an answer almost as all-encompassing.
The approvers offered more narrow responses — "strong leadership," "speaking his mind," foreign policy, and jobs — but 9 percent also answered "everything." Perhaps notably, the top three answers for each group were not policy-specific. Bonnie Kristian
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday sees President Trump's approval rating at a historic low as he reaches the half-year mark in his presidency. Just 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, which is 6 percent lower than his approval rating at the 100-day point. Trump's disapproval rating is 58 percent. The president tweeted this comment on the poll Sunday morning:
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both had approval ratings of 59 percent at this stage of their presidencies; the only president to come close to Trump's unpopularity was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent at the six-month mark. Bonnie Kristian
President Trump's approval rating got a slight boost in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, but the good news stopped there. Though Trump's approval rating is up from 34 percent in a June 7 poll to 40 percent, a majority of voters still said that he doesn't "have good leadership," "care about average Americans," or "share their values," nor is he "honest" or "level-headed." However, a majority of Americans did say they think he is "intelligent" and a "strong person."
Particularly striking is the finding that a majority of Americans believe the president is "abusing the powers of his office." Fifty-two percent of Americans said they believe Trump is abusing his powers, while 46 percent said he is not. "Americans believe FBI Director James Comey was shown the door less for job performance than for the growing storm clouds from the FBI Russian investigation," said Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy.
On top of all of that, even Republicans have finally gotten to the point where they really want Trump to stop tweeting: Quinnipiac reported that "for the first time" since the poll began asking the question, Republicans "want the president to stop tweeting from his personal account, 49-43 percent."
The poll was taken June 22-27 by phone among 1,212 voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Becca Stanek