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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

President Trump wanted Americans to focus on his plans to improve the nation’s infrastructure, but former FBI Director James Comey stole the show in Washington this week.

Comey testified on Thursday before a Senate panel about his interactions with President Trump, who recently fired him. Voters put slightly more trust in Comey than they do the president.

Voters aren’t overly impressed with Comey’s performance as FBI director, but just over half disagree with the president’s decision to fire him.

Voters are almost evenly divided over whether the questions raised about Comey’s firing are due mostly to concern that the law may have been broken or are just partisan politics.

Great Britain suffered another attack at the hands of the radical Islamic State (ISIS) in London last weekend, just days after the terrorist organization claimed credit for the massacre at a concert in Manchester. Most Americans think it’s likely a terrorist attack comparable to the Manchester bombing will happen in the United States, but they're not afraid to attend big events.

The latest attack in London is the topic of this week’s Rasmussen Minute.

President Trump took the London attack as another opportunity to stress the importance of the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries. Half of voters still favor the president’s temporary travel ban and see it as an anti-terrorist measure, not religious discrimination. Voters also think the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the ban.

Trump recently pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement in part because of his concern about its potential impact on the U.S. economy. Voters tend to agree the accord would have led to increased energy costs, and most remain unwilling to pay much, if anything, more to fight global warming.

Confidence in race relations in America remains down, and there isn’t much hope for the future.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of all Americans believe we talk about race too much, while 33% say Americans don't talk about it enough. Black adults are more likely than others to say Americans need to talk more about racial issues.

For the last three months, the overall Consumer Confidence Index has been falling from its three-year high, but June’s four-point jump to 116.7 (the second highest rating in this index’s history) suggests there’s hope on the horizon.

In other surveys this week:

-- Trump is the first U.S. president to hand out his personal cellphone number to several other world leaders, but most voters don’t think he should break from the norm.

-- Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction for the week ending June 1.

-- It’s been a rough few years to be a police officer, with high-profile police shootings and riots dominating the news. But despite the negative press, Americans still value the police.

-- Apple announced this week that their newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, will have a “Do Not Disturb for Driving” mode that will stop users from receiving text messages while behind the wheel. Americans already think distracted driving is a big problem and are on board with this new technology.

--  Is there life after death? Americans sure think so.

-- Americans still watch a lot of television, but they’re doing more of it through streaming services these days.

-- Despite living in a digital age, Americans still appreciate time with a good book—and they prefer that book be printed on paper rather than on a touchscreen.

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