A new poll shows that a majority of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s executive orders so far.
The poll, conducted by Politico and Morning Consult, found the following:
POLITICO/M.C. poll, Trump Exec orders:
Temp Travel ban: 55% approve / 38% disapp
Cut Regulation: 47% app / 33% dis
LGBTQ rights: 77% app pic.twitter.com/TwOLvC8SNr
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The executive order on the travel pause was supported by 82 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Independents, but 65 percent of Democrats opposed it.
The approval numbers for the rest of the executive orders are as follows:
- Start building the wall: 48 percent approve, 42 percent disapprove.
- Re-instating the Mexico City policy: 47 percent approve, 42 percent disapprove.
- Approving the Keystone Pipeline: 48 percent approve, 37 percent disapprove.
- End funding to sanctuary cities: 55 percent approve, 33 percent disapprove.
- Approving the Dakota Access Pipeline: 46 percent approve, 39 percent disapprove.
- Scaling back Obamacare: 49 percent approve, 41 percent disapprove.
- Pause on issuing new regulations: 54 percent approve, 33 percent disapprove.
- Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership: 47 percent approve, 33 percent disapprove.
- Pause on federal government hiring: 48 percent approve, 39 percent disapprove.
The poll also showed that 43 percent of Americans want Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court, while 25 percent did not and 32 percent had no opinion. However, 59 percent of Americans said that the voting threshold should be kept at 60 votes to confirm Gorsuch.
Despite the support for his executive orders and Supreme Court nominee, Trump’s approval rating is only at 47 percent “strongly” and “somewhat” approve, while those who strongly and somewhat disapprove is at 46 percent. Most troubling for Trump is that 35 percent said they strongly disapprove compared to 26 percent who strongly approve. Sixty percent said that the country is not headed down the right path.
It would seem then that Trump’s policies have traction among the American people, but Trump himself as president is struggling to gain popularity. For anyone paying attention to his historically low favorability ratings leading up to the election, his relative unpopularity in comparison to other first-year presidents comes as no surprise.
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