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America today is deeply divided on the new Trump presidency and many substantive issues. But the message sent by a new Gallup poll is that there’s considerable consensus when it comes to identifying the nation’s major challenges. And although polls have recently gotten a deserved black eye over their election performance, this fundamental finding tracks intriguingly with that reported (by a different organization) that I wrote about a little over a year ago.
Gallup sought Americans’ views on which of President Trump’s campaign promises they believe that it’s “very important” for him to keep. Here are the top four – which were also the only choices that topped 50 percent:
>”Enact a major spending program to strengthen infrastructure” 69 percent
>”Reduce income taxes for all Americans” 54 percent
>”Establish tariffs on foreign imports” 51 percent
>”Deport the more than 2 million illegal immigrants who have
committed crimes” 51 percent
At least as interesting, three of these four stated Trump priorities enjoy strong bipartisan support:
>infrastructure: 68 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of Republicans
>tax cuts: 46 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans
>tariffs: 45 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans
The exception – interestingly – is
>deport criminal illegal immigrants: 33 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans
Now here are the Trump priorities that Gallup found Americans regard as least important (note – which does mean that they oppose them):
>”Cancel billions in payments to UN climate change program” 30 percent
>”Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership” 26 percent
>”Build a wall along the border with Mexico” 26 percent
>”Require that for each new federal regulation, two must be
eliminated” 23 percent
Just FYI, the administration has already announced officially that it’s pulling out of the Pacific trade deal.
And guess what? There’s a great deal of bipartisan consensus on the relative unimportance of these matters, too:
>UN climate change payments: 23 percent of Democrats, 38 percent of Republicans
>Trans-Pacific Partnership: 19 percent of Democrats, 32 percent of Republicans
>border wall: 12 percent of Democrats, 38 percent of Republicans
>regulations: 14 percent of Democrats, 31 percent of Republicans
Finally, I couldn’t help but notice that the most divisive Trump priorities, according to Gallup, are the aforementioned deportations of criminal illegal immigrants and…repealing Obamacare. A total of 46 percent of Americans told Gallup this move was “very important,” but although 68 percent of Republicans were on board with scrapping the Affordable Care Act quickly, only 26 percent of Democrats agreed.
I know that the president has his own pollsters – and of course his own opinions. But I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if their list of top White House priorities didn’t wasn’t very similar to those identified by Gallup as the public’s. Nor would I be surprised if achieving these goals – and softpedaling many of the others – made for a great first 100 days.