Aug 31, 2017

Poll: 60% of Americans oppose ​Trump's Arpaio pardon

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The majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump's decision to pardon ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll, while nearly two-thirds said they support the Obama-era DACA program, which Trump is seriously considering axing.

Between the lines: Trump knew his decision to pardon Arpaio would enrage half the country, but he didn't care. And now, compounded with his aggressive stance on "Dreamers", his behavior is hitting him hard in the polls. According to Gallup, Trump's overall approval rating has remained in the mid-30s since Aug. 20.

The findings:

  • 60% of those surveyed said they felt Trump's Arpaio pardon was "wrong", while 34% felt it was "the right thing to do."
  • 64% said they support letting "Dreamers" remain in the U.S., while 30% oppose the DACA program.
  • 71% said they felt undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. should be offered a chance to apply for legal status, while 26% said they believe they should be deported.
  • 61% said they have an unfavorable impression of Trump, while 36% said they have a favorable impression.
  • 59% said they disapprove of the way Trump is handling the presidency, and 39% said they approve.

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Coronavirus updates: California monitors 8,400 potential cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

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Watchdog opens probe into VA secretary over handling of sexual assault claim

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Fox Business Network’s "The Evening Edit" on Jan. 7. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal said Thursday he had opened an investigation into VA Secretary Robert Wilkie after lawmakers demanded an inquiry into his handling of a sexual misconduct report, the Washington Post reports.

Context: Wilkie allegedly "worked to discredit" the credibility of Democratic aide and veteran Andrea Goldstein after she reported last fall "that a man groped and propositioned her in the main lobby of the agency's D.C. Medical Center," a senior VA official told the Post.