NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll shows Americans divided on Trump, #MeToo, gun control

Angelo Anderson
March 9, 2018

The poll found that 70 percent of American voters - including 51 percent of Republicans surveyed - believe the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States of America. That compares to 21 percent who considered Barack Obama the worst, and 10 percent who thought that title should go to Richard M. Nixon.

Obama, however, was also a close second on the list of best presidents, with 24 percent.

Fifty percent of Americans surveyed in the poll said they disapprove of Trump's job performance, down from the 54 percent who said the same in the poll last month.

While 41 percent of voters named Trump "the worst" president in the latest poll, 7 percent said they consider him the best person to have sat in the Oval Office in the last 70 years.

Trump gets a thumbs-down rating from 86 percent of black voters and 68 percent of Hispanic voters, but white voters are evenly split 47-48 percent between disapproval and approval of his performance, the national poll found. Almost eight in 10 Republicans, 78 percent, were enthusiastic or satisfied with Trump's response on gun regulations. Half of US voters, 50 percent, disapproved of the new law, which initially gives 43 percent of its benefits to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers, according to the progressive Tax Policy Center. The richest 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of securities, according to a study by Edward N. Wolff, an economics professor at New York University. While 73 percent of Americans think it would be a "very" or "somewhat" serious matter if the investigation finds that Trump obstructed justice, only 44 percent of Trump's enthusiastic backers fell into those categories.

Three-quarters of Democratic respondents said they strongly disagreed with arming teachers, and another 13 percent said they somewhat disagreed.

"Republican leaders were sitting pretty at the beginning of the year as it looked like public opinion on the tax reform plan was swinging in their favor", said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The new Quinnipiac Poll was conducted from March 3-5, surveying 1,122 registered voters.

The poll was conducted online from February 26 through 28 and involved 2,857 adult respondents aged 18 and over.

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