- A poll at the recent National Governors Association found that Americans are not optimistic that dysfunctional Washington can be trusted to resolve any of the main issues facing the country.
- When asked, 71% of those Americans polled said that the states, not the Federal government, are better at problem solving, when asked “Overall, which level of government do you believe is doing a better job of serving its citizens and delivering results?”
- Only 29% said the Feds were better qualified than state governments.
- 82% of Republicans polled said state governments are better qualified, 77% of Independents said state governments were better qualified, and even a majority of Democrats, 54%, said states were better qualified.
2) The mainstream media would like us to believe that Donald Trump is a nut case, way out of touch with what Americans feel and what the country needs. Their disdain and lack of respect for him goes way back to the early days of his campaign for President. The mainstream media seems to go out it’s way to blow up fake and minor Trump issues while having given a Obama a free pass on far more serious issues over the past eight years (e.g. Fast and Furious, using the IRS as a political tool and terror organization, the major screw ups in Syria and Libya, the massive failure of Obamacare, etc.).
- According to reporting on the US Chronicle website, a survey done by Emerson College found that Americans trust Trump over the mainstream media by a 10-point margin.
- Trump and his associates were found truthful by 49% of those polled vs. only 39% who found the mainstream media to be truthful.
- 48% found Trump and his associates to be untruthful while 53% found the mainstream media to be untruthful.
- This is consistent with the latest 2016 Gallup poll on this topic which found that just 32% of Americans relied on the media to report the news and current events in an accurate, fair, and objective manner, an all time low.
- Results across the political spectrum vary widely with Republicans trusting Trump much more than the mainstream media and Democrats trusting the mainstream media more than Trump.
- According to reporting by Jonathan Easley, writing for the The Hill website on February 21, 2017, a recent opinion poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities.
- The Harvard-Harris poll reported that 80% of those questioned say that local politicians and authorities should have to comply with existing law by reporting to Federal immigration agents any illegal immigrants they should come in contact with.
- Which means that Trump has unprecedented public opinion support to actually enforce existing laws and cracking down on sanctuary cities, cities that Reuters reported receive $2.27 billion in Federal funding, funding that Trump could cut and the public would apparently support.
- 77% of those polled want an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws, indicating that they least respect the rule of law even if liberals and Democrats do not: “While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities. The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that's very clear from the data.”
- But Americans also support other Trump immigration initiatives with 52% supporting Trump’s executive orders for building a southern border wall, 75% support increasing the number of immigration agents, and 53% support Trump’s plan to temporarily restrict refugees coming from terrorist infested countries.
- 47% of those surveyed felt that allowing refugees from terror infested countries has a negative impact on the country while only 33% think it has a positive effect, again supporting a position for Trump’s temporary ban.
- When those being polled are told that the U.S. is slated to receive 100,000 Syrian refugees, 51% said that number should be lower, 34% feel it is about right, and 15% said the U.S. should allow more.
- According to the managers of the survey: “Americans support both comprehensive immigration reform and stronger vetting and reduced refugees — they want a mix of compassion, strong borders. They see ISIS as the greatest threat to the country and that is spurring concerns about refugee migration.”
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