Jul 20, 2017

Most Americans wouldn't hold a friend's 2016 vote against them

A significant majority of Americans say that their friends' vote for either Donald Trump (74%) or Hillary Clinton (86%) does not have any effect on their personal friendships, according to a new Pew Research poll.

Data: Pew Research Poll, June 27-July 9, 2017; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
  • The split: Unsurprisingly, the biggest outlier were Democrats or leaning Democrats assessing friends who voted for Trump. 35% of those on the left said a Trump vote would strain a friendship — that number jumps to 47% for those who identify as liberal.
  • Trump as stress: And a majority of Americans (59%) find it stressful and frustrating to discuss politics with someone who has a differing opinion of Trump.
  • Why can't we be friends? Majorities of Republicans and Democrats both said that members of the other party probably share many of their values and goals. Those numbers aren't significantly different from the last time the poll was conducted in 2013 — but they're significantly better than 2007 and 2005.

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The Washington Post and ABC released a poll Tuesday that found 49% of those surveyed said President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and 71% think he should allow senior administration officials to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The poll shows that Americans — on the eve of the full House vote on impeachment articles — remain strongly divided on impeachment after weeks of public testimony and committee hearings.

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Trump ahead of Democratic rivals in new poll

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President Trump is ahead of all Democratic 2020 candidates in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll published Monday.

Why it matters: The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted Dec. 10–14 as House Democrats prepared stepped up their case for the president's impeachment. It's a boost for Trump ahead of the impeachment vote, expected Wednesday.

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Poll: 56% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Iran crisis

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56% of Americans say they disapprove of President Trump's handling of heightened tensions with Iran, according to an ABC News poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.

Why it matters: 52% of Americans said the Trump administration's decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike makes them feel "less safe," despite assurances from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials that the U.S. is safer with Soleimani gone.

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