Americans are mad, want a Congress that stands up to President Trump
March 02, 2018
(WASHINGTON, DC) — Americans are ticked off these days and that may not be good news for Republicans who want to win elections going forward.
Americans want a Congress that will challenge President Trump
A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll shows that voters looking toward the midterm elections are “overwhelmingly unhappy with the country's direction, dissatisfied with its political leadership, and interested in electing a Congress that will confront President Trump,” says a USA Today report on the poll.
Some findings of the study:
~ By close to a 2-1 margin (58%-32%) those surveyed say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to the president, not one that mostly cooperates with him.
~ 70% (seven in 10) independent voters agree with more than eight in 10 democrats in saying the country is off track and going in the wrong direction. Seven in 10 Republicans think the country is going in the right direction.
~ If the election were held today “those surveyed say they are more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress than the Republican one by 47%-32%.” That is a very large 15 percentage-point advantage. (Democrats would need to flip 24 seats now held by Republicans to gain control of the House of Representatives. Winning control of the Senate is tougher in a year in which 26 Democratic seats and just eight Republican seats are on the ballot.)
~ Taking control in the house would give Democrats the power not only to push their legislative priorities but also to schedule hearings, launch investigations and issue subpoenas.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters, taken Feb. 20-24 by landline and cell phone, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.