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Q Poll: Americans Disagree With Trump On Abortion, The Wall

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President-Elect Donald Trump Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie, File

Despite Donald Trump's victory, American voters are at odds with the president-elect on several key issues, including abortion and a wall along the Mexican border, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released this week.

"Two of President-elect Donald Trump's signature campaign mantras get a hearty thumbs down. Voters to Trump: No way on reversing Roe v. Wade and not a chance on building that wall," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And though it drew cheers on the campaign trail, the fiery rhetoric about redirecting the path to citizenship in the U.S. back to the Mexican border is actually losing support."

The poll found that a majority of American agree with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision 67 percent vs. 30 percent and oppose building a wall along the Mexican border 55 percent vs 42 percent.

Support to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S., with a path to citizenship is 60 percent, higher than in any survey by Q Poll since the question was first asked four years ago.

Today, another 12 percent of American voters say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay, but not become citizens and 25 percent say they should be deported.

American voter opinions on abortion are:

  • 26 percent say it should be legal in all cases;
  • 38 percent say it should be legal in most cases;
  • 22 percent say it should be illegal in most cases;
  • 10 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.

For Supreme Court nominees, Trump should consider only a nominee's qualifications, 51 percent of voters say, while 40 percent say he also should consider the nominee's opinions on issues such as abortion. Those who want a nominee's opinions considered say 51 percent vs. 43 percent that Trump should not nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote to restrict abortion rights.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 24 percent of American voters say the economy should be Trump's first priority, followed by 17 percent who say he should address his own personal qualities.

The poll also found:

  • American voters support 83 percent vs 15 percent increasing federal spending for infrastructure.
  • Voters say 57 percent vs 38 percent that reducing taxes on the wealthy will not improve the economy and create more jobs.
  • There should be more government regulation of financial institutions, 46 percent of voters say, while 43 percent say increased regulation hurts the economy.
  • American voters support 50 percent vs 44 percent "suspending immigration from terror prone regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions."
  • Voters also support 64 percent s 28 percent "renegotiating major trade deals with other countries, even if it means paying more for the products you buy."
  • Trump should defend all of America's NATO allies, voters say 77 percent vs 16 percent.

A total of 68 percent of American voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change and say 59 - 31 percent that Trump should not "remove specific regulations intended to combat climate change."

American voters oppose other possible Trump initiatives:

  • 67 percent vs. 29 percent against lowering taxes on the wealthy;
  • 48 percent vs. 38 percent against removing regulations on businesses and corporations;
  • 57 percent vs. 38 percent against making it easier for people to carry guns;
  • 60 percent vs. 32 percent against "reducing taxes across the board even if it means increasing the deficit."

A total of 76 percent of voters say prejudice against minority groups is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in the U.S., and 43 percent are more concerned about discrimination and violence against minorities now that Trump has been elected president; 17 percent are less concerned and 38 percent are concerned about the same amount.

For the poll, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,071 voters nationwide from Nov. 17 to 20, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cellphones for the poll.

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