A new poll reveals that a large majority of Americans want Democrats to cooperate with President Trump and implement changes to improve the country. The Hill provided insight into the inaugural Harvard-Harris poll, finding that 73 percent of voters want Democrats to work with the president, and only 27 percent want them to obstruct Trump’s agenda.
The findings are significant as Democratic leaders in Congress experience growing pressure by their liberal base to oppose “everything Trump.”
According to the poll, the party is divided over a strategy to deal with the new president—52 percent of Democrats say they should cooperate with him on areas of agreement and 48 percent say they should not.
Those figures are nearly identical when the question is reversed—68 percent think Trump should be willing to compromise with Democrats in Congress; thirty-two percent said Trump should remain unwavering, even if it means finding ways to achieve his agenda without congressional approval.
Republicans are similarly divided on the question, with 48 percent preferring compromise and 52 percent saying Trump should find ways to realize his agenda, regardless.
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“This shows that voters want Trump and Democrats to compromise and, if they don’t, they both may pay a heavy price with the electorate,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard-Harris poll.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has said that he hopes to find middle ground with Trump on issues where there is bipartisan overlap such as trade, infrastructure spending, rebuilding the nation’s inner cities, and closing the “carried interest” tax loophole.
Many Democrats questioned Trump’s mandate to govern when he entered the White House with a historically low approval rating, but the Harvard-Harris poll put him at a respectable 45 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable.
Forty-eight percent of those polled said they approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 52 percent who disapprove. Trump’s approval rating beats that of Republicans in Congress, who post a 43-57 split, or Democrats, who were rated 41 positive and 59 negative.
Fifty percent of Americans are hopeful, believing that Trump will be effective in implementing his agenda, versus only 40 percent who said he would fail.
H/T: The Hill
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