With the 100th day of a Trump presidency fast approaching, a new poll finds support for a number of the president’s proposals including reducing taxes for the middle class and investing in our nation’s infrastructure. The poll also found strong support in providing federal funding for school choice programs that allow students to attend a private or public school of their choice – an idea supported by president Trump and his Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.
Still, there are warning signs for president Trump and his relatively new administration. Among them include strong disapproval of beginning construction of a wall between the U.S. – Mexico border, a promise repeated on the campaign trail often.
On other issues, those polled were divided, including on whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act and imposing a travel ban of foreigners entering the United States from Muslim-majority countries.
The failure to repeal Obamacare represents a major disappointment for the new president that has failed to cobble together the necessary votes in a Republican-controlled Congress to undo former president Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Despite the early setbacks, there are signs that some of the more conservative voices in the Republican Conference – that were largely responsible for blocking the GOP-led health care overhaul – are working in earnest with the White House and the House and Senate Republican leadership to come up with a proposal that will secure the necessary votes for passage.
the poll includes good news for a White House that has their sights set on overhauling the tax code and pushing for a broad infrastructure package
Beyond healthcare, the poll includes good news for a White House that has their sights set on overhauling the tax code and pushing for a broad infrastructure package that could top $1 trillion. The hefty price tag is already eliciting opposition from conservative Republicans that are worried about driving up the deficit and growing the size of government. But the president may find support among Democrats and left leaning groups that are keen in spending federal dollars for a broad public works program.
On trade, the poll found that a significant number of those asked did not have a fixed opinion about ending the United States participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that would have reduced trade barriers between the United States and a number of Asian countries. On one of the few issues where presidential candidates Trump and Clinton agreed on, was on trade, including their opposition to trade agreements, including TPP.
Education is a particular bright spot in the Gallup poll for the Trump White House that has described education as the civil rights issue of our time and has talked glowingly about expanding educational opportunities for all Americans – including low-income minority Americans.
“This Gallup poll shows what school choice advocates have always known: parents want more educational options and support for more educational options stretches across party lines.”
The American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy group, issued the following statement after the release of the Gallup poll that found strong support for educational freedom:
“This Gallup poll shows what school choice advocates have always known: parents want more educational options and support for more educational options stretches across party lines. Congress and the Administration should answer the call from parents who are demanding greater educational choice for their children.”
Israel Ortega is a Senior Writer for Opportunity Lives. You can follow him on Twitter: @IzzyOrtega.