If you were to watch the mainstream media networks, or listen to the anti-Trump protesters, you would be under the impression that the country wants the Democrats in Congress to fight tooth and nail against the president’s agenda, but a new poll shows just the opposite.
The latest poll conducted by Harvard-Harris (a notoriously left leaning organization) and published by The Hill asked voters if they would rather see Democrats resist Trump’s political agenda, or if they would rather see them try to find common ground and work with the president.
The results would shock anyone who gets their news exclusively from liberal networks like CNN or MSNBC, as 73% of respondents want to see Democrats work with Trump, versus only 27% who feels they should resist him.
Even respondents who identified as Democrats wanted to see those in congress work with Trump on issues they agree upon, with 52% saying they should cooperate and 48% saying they shouldn’t.
The findings are significant as Democratic leaders in Congress are under growing pressure by their liberal base to obstruct the president’s agenda. The poll shows the party is divided on how to deal with Trump: 52 percent of Democrats polled say they should cooperate with him on areas of agreement and 48 percent saying they shouldn’t.
“This shows that voters want Trump and Democrats to compromise and if they don’t, they both may pay a heavy price with the electorate,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard-Harris poll.
The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris throughout 2017.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer(N.Y.) has said he’s hopeful he can work with Trump on issues where there is bipartisan overlap, like on trade, infrastructure spending, rebuilding the nation’s inner cities, and closing the “carried interest” tax loophole.
The chances of bipartanship this year appear dim. More than 60 House Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration and GOP leaders in Congress don’t anticipate much, if any, help from the other side of the aisle.
President Trump is facing opposition from Democrats at every turn, with even his cabinet confirmations approaching a record amount of time to get approved, with only a single Democrat voting in favor of one of Trump’s appointees. One has to wonder if the Democrat’s base, particularly the blue collar working class, are on board with their agenda of disruption and opposition. The Democrats already lost historically blue states, such as Michigan and Wisconsin during the election, which shows significant cracks in their support base even before Trump taking office.
It’s not so much that Democrats oppose Trump’s agenda, but rather they oppose Trump himself, with him being an outsider from the political establishment who upset their carefully constructed status quo.
What Democrats fear more than Trump, however, is his ability to succeed in office. For if Trump’s agenda is implemented and proves to Americans that a businessman against the political establishment is drastically more effective than a career politician, it would render them completely ineffective in duping voters in future elections. Essentially, if this were to happen, any future presidential candidate that Trump throws his support behind would almost be sure bet for victory in the election 8 years from now, assuming Trump wins in 2020.
The Democrats are rapidly becoming a party without actual ideas on how to improve the lives of average Americans, but rather a party of rage, opposition and hatred of all things Donald Trump.