A new Rasmussen Survey comes as a lump of coal to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s Christmas stocking, as it reveals a majority of likely U.S. voters think President Donald Trump should set the national direction, not the California Democrat who appears likely to be the next Speaker of the House.
The poll results were released just hours after the House passed, on a partisan vote of 217-185, an interim budget that includes $5 billion for a border wall. That amounted to a defeat for Pelosi, who opposes the wall and contended that the bill with wall funding would not pass either chamber of Congress.
While the dominant media still reports the measure will have rough sledding in the Senate, there is the possibility that it might be approved in order to stave off a government shutdown at midnight Friday. In that case, the Trump administration and its Capitol Hill allies could portray this as a Democrat shutdown, thus painting Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer into a corner.
The Rasmussen survey was conducted Dec. 17-18 and has a +/- 3 percentage point sampling error.
Prior to the midterms in November, 58 percent of voters said Trump is setting the agenda, Rasmussen said.
The division is along party lines, with 81 percent of Republicans saying the president should set the course while only 19 percent of Democrats want him doing that. Fifty-three percent of Democrats want Pelosi setting the country’s direction, and 21 percent of Democrats don’t want either person doing it.
On Friday, the president threatened a “very long” government shutdown if Democrats resist, according to Yahoo News. In one of his tweets, Trump declared, “If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!”
But Democrats relying on their increasingly far left base, seem more concerned with handing Trump a defeat than making sure the border is secure. One partisan group, Seattle Indivisible, sent an email blast Friday headlined “Don’t give Trump his wall for Christmas.” It’s all about defeating the president.
One group that absolutely dos not like the idea of Pelosi setting the national direction is gun owners. Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have repeatedly threatened to put gun control high on their agenda when they assume control of the House in January. Trump and the Republicans may need to keep gun owners happy heading toward 2020 if they plan to re-take the House, especially after the administration this week banned bump stocks, and the Senate under Mitch McConnell apparently are poised to allow national concealed carry reciprocity legislation die at midnight after languishing all year.
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