Huge support for Trump's outreach to Dems
A new Rasmussen poll shows a whopping 66% of Americans support President Trump's efforts at bipartisanship.
The poll also holds some ominous news for Republicans in Congress.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters say it is good for the country if Trump works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda. Just 13% think the bipartisan cooperation is bad for the country, while 21% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 19% believe the president should continue to rely on congressional Republicans to pass his agenda. That’s down from 29% in early April. Sixty-five percent (65%) now feel he should reach out more to Democrats in Congress for help versus 58% who felt that way five months ago. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
Republicans (72%) are even more enthusiastic about the president working with congressional Democrats than Democrats (62%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (63%) are.
Trump surprised his fellow Republicans when he bypassed them last week to strike a deal with congressional Democrats to move quickly on aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey and to raise the ceiling on government money borrowing until mid-December.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 10-11, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Voters are more likely to believe Republicans in Congress are the bigger problem for Trump than Democrats are.
Only 35% of GOP voters believe the president should continue to rely on congressional Republicans to pass his agenda. Fifty-one percent (51%) say he should turn instead to Democrats in Congress, a view shared by 79% of Democrats and 64% of unaffiliated voters.
Men and those 40 and over believe more strongly than women and younger voters that it’s good for the country if the president works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda.
There is nothing really surprising in these numbers. Americans don't like gridlock, preferring that whoever is president work with the opposition. This has been true going back to President Clinton, and it was certainly true during the Obama years.
Obama never found it within himself to work with Republicans. He preferred issuing decrees to accomplish major elements of his agenda. Climate change, immigration reform, and other major issues were dealt with by executive order, not congressional action.
There is some danger for Trump. If he is seen as caving too much to the Democrats, he will likely lose a lot of the GOP support. But at the moment, Trump's numbers are rising, and his foes in the Republican party are perplexed.