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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending August 31, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

In surveys last week, this is what America told Rasmussen Reports:

- President Trump ended the holiday polling week with a daily job approval of 47%. 

- Voters think President Trump is getting more aggressive with Russia, but most continue to believe it’s better to have the former Soviet Union as a friend than an enemy.

- Americans blame the shooters in mass killings, not the availability of guns, and believe that there are already gun control laws on the books that can make a difference.

- A former Illinois congressman is now the second candidate to announce he is challenging President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020, but it’s overwhelmingly Trump all the way for GOP voters.

- The New York Times and others are complaining that allies of President Trump are targeting hostile reporters by exposing controversial social media postings from their past. But most voters consider these reporters fair game for public criticism.

- Most Americans agree that racism is a problem in this country but reject the idea that America has been racist from the very start. They also tend to think we talk too much about racism these days.

- Voters give positive marks to the U.S. economy these days, but thanks to the usual partisan division on most all things Trump, they tend to think the president has little or nothing to do with it.

- Voters are almost evenly divided on a multi-trillion dollar Green New Deal plan to tackle climate change by Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders that would impact nearly all of the federal government.

- Forty-one percent (41%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

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