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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What America Thinks: Telling Trump What To Do

Just after Election Day, Rasmussen Reports asked voters which of five major issues President-elect Trump should tackle first. They put repealing and replacing Obamacare at the top of the list, followed by filling the long-standing vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Of less urgency were building a border wall, repealing the nuclear deal with Iran and ending Obama’s executive orders. Why these five issues? Here's what America thinks.

Since its passage by Congress in March 2010, most voters have opposed Obamacare and predicted that it will raise health care costs and hurt the quality of care. 40% now favor repealing the health care law completely and starting over, the highest finding in over two years. 51% still prefer going through the law piece-by-piece to try to improve it instead. Only four percent (4%), however, want to leave the law as is.

Voters have been vocal about their desire to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death almost a year ago. Now it’s clear the responsibility to nominate a new justice will fall to Trump, 56% of voters believe he will choose one who decides cases based on what’s written in the U.S. Constitution and legal precedents, a view only 35% said Barack Obama held in 2008. Thirty-nine percent (39%) think Trump's choice will be too conservative, while 42% think the new justice will be about right politically speaking.

As with all these issues, partisan perspective colors opinions, and that's certainly true of the proposed border wall. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans think Trump should build the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border his first year in office, but only 16% of Democrats and 33% of voters not affiliated with either major political party agree.

Most voters continue to doubt that Iran will honor the nuclear deal it signed with the Obama administration, but again there is a wide partisan divide over what Trump should do about it. Seventy percent (70%) of GOP voters think the new president should scrap the deal and renegotiate with Iran, but 65% of Democrats say he should allow the agreement to continue. Unaffiliateds are more closely divided.

Voters have long expressed unhappiness with Obama's tendency to go it alone on executive orders, so there's little holding the president-elect back from scrapping the ones he doesn't like.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.