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Post: Majority Opposed To Trump On Most Issues

| by Jordan Smith

Quinnipiac University poll on a wide range of issues has found that a majority of Americans oppose President Donald Trump on many of his key policy items.

The poll was conducted between March 2-6 and involved 1,323 voters from across the country, according to Quinnipiac University.

54 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Trump is handling U.S. relations with Russia, and 66 percent support the establishment of an independent commission to investigate alleged ties between some of Trump's campaign officials and the Russian government.

Although healthcare was the most important issue voters thought Trump should focus on, with 36 percent choosing this option, 51 percent of Americans said Trump should not back Republicans trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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In contrast to Trump's hardline stance on immigration, 63 percent of respondents said illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and become citizens, with another 11 percent saying they should be able to stay but not become citizens. 23 percent said illegal immigrants should not be allowed to stay.

On the issue of transgender rights, 48 percent support the right of transgender people to use the bathroom or locker room appropriate for the gender with which they identify. 45 percent are opposed, once again placing Trump in the minority.

The one area where Trump enjoys overwhelming support is on infrastructure spending. 90 percent of Americans back more money to build roads, bridges and other things, while just 8 percent opposed.

The poll results differ sharply along party lines. One example of this is Trump's travel ban, with 80 percent of Republicans approving of it while 79 percent of Democrats are opposed.

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"Vigorously self-billed as a uniter, President Donald Trump is seen instead as a divider less than two months after his inauguration," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, said, according to CBS.

Other polls recently conducted contain some positive but also negative news for the president. A poll conducted by USA Today/Suffolk University from March 1-5, shortly after Trump’s first speech to Congress Feb. 28, found that 47 percent approved of his performance and 44 percent did not.

In addition, 46 percent of Americans said the country is moving in the right direction, an increase of 12 percentage points since the poll was last carried out in December.

On the down side for Trump, 60 percent said they disapprove of his temperament and only 28 percent thought that Twitter is a good way for Trump to communicate.

Sources: Quinnipiac University, CBS NEWS / Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Page/Wikimedia Commons

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