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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending September 1, 2018

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Mexico and the United States on Monday completed negotiations for a new trade pact that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and U.S. and Canadian officials on Friday were attempting to arrive at a deal to meet President Trump’s deadline that day.

Voters approve of President Trump’s decision to scrap NAFTA and think the new U.S. trade deal with Mexico is better for America.

However, considering U.S. neighbors, voters continue to believe illegal immigration is a major problem, and few feel the government is doing enough to handle it.

A sizable majority of voters say illegal immigration is a critical issue for them in the upcoming congressional elections, but they also suspect most candidates raise the topic for political purposes only, not to deal with it.

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Despite the ongoing feud between President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump on Thursday said the AG’s job is safe through the 2018 midterm elections.  

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters think the president should fire Sessions, but another 27% are undecided. Democrats are more protective of the Republican official than GOP voters are.

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Voters now see President Trump's impeachment as even less likely and think Democrats need to focus on policy issues instead.

The president earned a monthly job approval of 47% in August, up one point from July and just a point shy of 49% in April, his high for the year to date.

However, after a neck-and-neck race last week, Democrats have once again jumped into the lead on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

Most voters, including Republicans, don’t want to see President Donald Trump use his constitutional power to pardon Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

Americans recognize the importance of police officers but one-in-five think their local cops need to dial down their tactics.

A New York police union is offering a $500 reward to any civilian who helps police officers subdue a suspect who is resisting arrest, but Americans aren’t convinced such a proposal is a good idea in their community.

In other surveys last week:

-- It’s back-to-school time around the country: kids in many states have already returned to class, while many others are gearing up to start in the coming weeks. But overall, Americans prefer starting school after Labor Day and keeping summer vacation.

-- As children start returning to school, most parents continue to think highly of their local schools.

-- Voters continue to prioritize making sure the economy is growing over making sure it is fair, but they think government involvement would make society less fair.

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

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