Nearly three-quarters of Americans want Democrats to cooperate with President Donald Trump on striking deals rather than to outright reject all of his moves, a new Harvard-Harris poll shows.
In the poll, reported in an exclusive by The Hill:
- 73 percent of voters want Democrats to work with Trump;
- 27 percent said Democrats should resist him;
- 52 percent of Democrats call for cooperation;
- 48 percent said Democrats should not cooperate;
- 68 percent say Trump should cooperate with Democrats;
- 32 percent said Trump should not cooperate with Democrats.
Republicans were divided in a similar manner, according to the poll, with 68 percent saying Trump should find ways to work with Democrats and 32 percent saying he should not, even if he has to push his agenda without the approval of those in Congress.
“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, which is working with The Hill this year.
More than 60 House Democrats boycotted the Trump inauguration for several reasons, including his comments about Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis , but Senate
Democratic Leader Charles Schumer has commented that he hopes there are some issues where he can work with Trump, including on infrastructure and trade.
Also in the poll, many respondents said they have faith that Trump will be successful:
- 50 percent said they think Trump will succeed in implementing his agenda;
- 40 percent said he would fail.
Respondents also gave him only slightly unfavorable ratings in the poll:
- 45 percent favorable;
- 51 percent unfavorable.
- 48 percent approve of the job Trump is doing
- 52 percent disapprove
The online survey was conducted between Feb. 11-13 of 2,148 registered voters, including 39 percent who were Democrats; 30 percent Republicans, and 27 percent Independents.
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