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New Poll Shows Democrats Favored To Run Congress By Six-In-Ten Voters
In the wake of the passage of a GOP tax bill meant to give the largest benefits to the wealthy (at the expense of the middle- and working-classes), a new poll demonstrates, now more than ever since President Donald Trump was elected, that Americans want Democrats to run Congress come 2019.
Asked who they would like to see in control of the United States House of Representatives in the most recent Quinnipiac University Poll, 58 percent of respondents said they wanted Democrats in power. Only 35 percent said Republicans should remain in charge.
The same trends hold for the U.S. Senate, although the race is slightly closer: a near-majority (50 percent) still want Democrats to control that chamber, while just over a third (36 percent) say Republicans should control the Senate.
The results came out on Tuesday, and represents the opinions of more than 1,500 Americans polled between November 28 and December 4, the weekend when the Republican-control Senate passed a controversial tax bill.
That bill is going to conference committee where the differences between it and a House-passed bill are being worked out. The conference committee’s bill will still require both houses’ approval before moving to Trump’s desk for his signature, putting it into law.
In the wake of that bill passing over the same weekend that the poll was taken, respondents overwhelmingly changed their opinions on a significant polling question: which party they thought better represented their interests when it came to tax policy. Democrats were favored by 47 percent of Americans, up four points from August’s poll asking the same question; Republicans, on the other hand, lost four points, and today only 39 percent of Americans believe they represent them better on the issue of taxation.
Democrats would fair better in a debate on keeping government operations open as well. While blame is equal among Republicans in Congress as well as Democrats — both poll at 31 percent of respondents saying a government shutdown would be their fault — President Trump would shoulder an additional 26 percent of the blame. That means that, if the government shuts down, 57 percent of Americans would blame either Republicans in Congress or the president for it.
As far as how Trump himself is faring, his numbers are still dismally low. Thirty-five percent of Americans approve of the job he’s doing as president, while nearly 3-in-5 (58 percent) say he’s doing a bad job.