A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that most Americans want the Democrats to lead on policy issues on Washington, while trust in President Donald Trump is extremely low. The findings will make grim reading for Trump and the Republicans.
The poll, conducted one month after the 2018 midterm elections, show solid support for Democrats in Congress and woefully bad numbers for both Trump and the GOP. Almost half of Americans – 48% – want Democrats in charge of policy, while 21% want Republicans in charge. Just 19% of Americans want President Trump to lead on policy issues.
Most respondents believe that the 2018 election sent a message that change was needed, but they also believe Trump hasn’t gotten the message: 33% say he hasn’t heard that message at all, while 22% say Trump has gotten the message, but isn’t doing anything about it. Most of the country believes Trump isn’t listening to them or won’t act on it.
More than six in ten Americans believe the President isn’t honest about the Russia investigation – 62% say he hasn’t been completely truthful about Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Half the country has suffered doubts about Trump because of the probe.
Among Democrats, 94% believe Trump has been untruthful, while 64% of independents also feel that way. However, just 24% of Republicans believe Trump has been dishonest about the Russia investigation – numbers that may bolster a President increasingly playing to his base.
While more people now believe Trump has been dishonest about the Russia probe, 70% of Republicans think he’s been truthful. Trump has recently doubled down on appeals to his hardcore of supporters, tweeting repeated attacks on his perceived enemies and making unfounded allegations about the conduct of the Mueller probe.
This article has been corrected to show that more than six in ten Americans believe the president hasn’t been honest about the Russia investigation. The article previously stated it was one in six Americans.