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CBS Poll: Majority See Dems in Congress as 'Stubborn,' 'Weak'

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By    |   Sunday, 19 Mar 2017 02:07 PM

The Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump is not sitting well with voters, as a majority believe Democrats in Congress are "stubborn" (64 percent), "weak" (58 percent), and neither cooperative (74 percent) nor effective (72 percent), according to the latest CBS News NationTracker poll.

The results come in response to a survey which asked online voters whether a specific topic "describes" or "does not describe" their "views of Democrats in Congress right now":

  • Cooperative: 74 percent does not describe – 26 percent does describe.
  • Effective: 72 percent does not describe – 28 percent does.
  • Stubborn: 64 percent describes – 36 percent does not.
  • Weak: 58 percent describes – 42 percent does not.

The responses were alarming, considering most in the poll (a combined 57 percent) describe themselves as "strongly against Trump," or "against Trump now" – and most voted for Hillary Clinton (48 percent) over Trump (46 percent) or a third-party candidate (6 percent).

  • 36 percent "strongly against Trump, period."
  • 22 percent "Trump supporter," but "he has to deliver."
  • 21 percent "against Trump now, but could reconsider him if he does a good job."
  • Just 21 percent said they were a "strong Trump supporter."

Other notable results in the poll related to topical events:

  • GOP healthcare plan: Just 12 percent of respondents "support," while 41 percent "oppose," and 47 percent say it was "too soon to say."
  • Travel ban: 49 percent say it has "gone too far," 32 percent "about right," and 19 percent "not far enough."
  • Military action against ISIS: 49 percent "about right," 33 percent "not far enough," and 18 percent "too far."
  • "Right" to healthcare: 66 percent believe it is a "right and all people deserve it, regardless of what they can afford," while 34 percent say it "is a service to be purchased like any other, based on what people are willing or able to pay."

Also, 70 percent "prefer Donald Trump’s approach to governing be" to "make good deals" as opposed to 30 percent who believe  he should  "fight for everything he wants and don’t listen to anyone who stands in his way."

The CBS NationTracker poll was conducted by YouGov between March 15-17 among 2,129 online voters and has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

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