What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending May 12
In the backdrop of a resurging economy, the Trump administration this week secured the release of three U.S. citizens from North Korean prisons, announced the president would meet with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore and withdrew from the Obama administration’s troubled Iran nuclear deal — all the while trailed by the lingering 2016 Russia probe.
But as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates whether the 2016 Trump campaign illegally colluded with the Russians, many voters now think Hillary Clinton's campaign was working with foreigners.
This week’s Rasmussen Minute looks at the Democratic dream of impeaching President Trump—provided, of course, that they first take control of the House and the Senate in the midterm elections this November.
That prospect may be less likely than it would first seem by media accounts given that Mueller’s investigation of the 2016 election is actually going to drive Republicans to vote this year for candidates endorsed by Trump.
While the two major parties are busy spinning Tuesday’s primary election results, Democrats are more likely than Republicans and unaffiliated voters to boast about how they are going to vote in the upcoming congressional midterm elections.
Most Republicans continue to think voters in their party are moving away from the GOP leadership ideologically. For Democrats, their leadership is a better fit these days.
Kanye West has been sparking controversy by speaking out in favor of Trump and making provocative statements regarding politics and African-American history, and while most dismiss celebrities’ views on politics, West has gained the favor of Trump supporters.
Meanwhile, following the president’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, few voters accuse Trump of a lack of aggressiveness with the Iranians, and more think he’s on the right course.
Even more voters now believe that Trump sets the agenda inside the Beltway, with the national media coming in at a distant second.
Unemployment, at 3.9 percent, is at its lowest level since the last four months of 2000, and the stock markets this week were clawing back up, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) flirting with 25,000 again yesterday.
In fact, Americans seem to have let go of March’s rocky month on the stock market and are again thinking more positively about the economic outlook.
The number of Americans who know someone who is looking for work or has given up the search has hit its lowest level yet, while confidence in the job market remains near record highs.
In other surveys last week:
-- As Mother’s Day approaches, more Americans now see the importance of the holiday and motherhood itself.
-- Most Americans still watch network television news in some capacity, and for those viewers, NBC is the most trusted source of political news over rivals CBS and ABC.
-- College graduation season is upon us, and while Americans continue to think it will be tough out there for new graduates, they’re far more optimistic than past years, and fewer are touting the importance of a college degree.
-- As summer break approaches, most Americans think it’s important to send kids to summer camp, but that feeling is even greater among former campers.
-- Forty-two percent (42%) of voters now think the country is heading in the right direction.
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