Rasmussen: More Likely Voters Say Trump, Not Pelosi, ‘Should Set the Direction of the Country’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 14, 2019 | 3:47 PM EDT

Pres. Donald Trump (Screenshot)

A national survey of likely voters shows Americans believe President Donald Trump should be allowed to set the course of the U.S., and that Congress should work with him to achieve his goals.

A Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted May 12-13, 2019 reveals that - given the choice between the president and House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) - 47% would prefer that Trump “set the direction of the country for the next two years,” while only 33% say Pelosi should do so. Fifteen percent said neither one should call the shots.

The results are virtually unchanged from last December, when 46% said Trump should lead the way and 31% picked incoming Speaker Pelosi to direct the nation’s path forward, with 18% saying “neither.”

In the latest survey, likely voters were also asked if it is “better for the country if Congress works with President Trump most of the time or opposes the president most of the time.” Here, 52% said it would be better for the U.S. if Congress worked with Trump, while 39% said Congress should mainly oppose him.

But, likely voters don’t consider that cooperation very likely. A Rasmussen survey conducted May 8-9, 2019 reveals that 72% lack confidence that Trump and the Democrat House majority “can work together to do what’s best for the American people,” including 40% who are “not at all confident” they can do so.


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