May 31, 2018

Voters don't trust Republicans to handle sexual harassment

Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and President Trump at an event. Photo: Aaron Bernstein-Pool/Getty Images

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows only 26% of voters trust Republicans to handle sexual harassment and misconduct issues in the workplace.

Why it matters: This is the year #MeToo hits the campaign trail. Voters will be less tolerant of misconduct from their elected representatives, and they've witnessed how both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have handled this issue over the last year. Some progressive groups are even requesting candidates to disclose instances of sexual harassment.

Other battle lines: The poll found that 44% of voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on the issues of jobs, the economy, immigration and national security. These are all top issues for Americans when they head to the voting booths in November, and the daunting numbers for Democrats could make it harder for them to take back the House.

  • Yes, but: Health care is a consistently prioritized issue for voters across the country, and those polled trust Democrats 44% to 37% to handle that issue in Congress.
  • Democrats also got higher marks on the environment (50%,) energy (43%,) education (45%.)

One more thing: A majority (52%) of voters think Congress should prioritize investigating whether some of President Trump's campaign officials had contacts with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

Go deeper: The #MeToo moments on the campaign trail.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2:30 p.m. ET: 1,506,936 — Total deaths: 90,057 — Total recoveries: 340,112Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2:30 p.m. ET: 432,596 — Total deaths: 14,831 — Total recoveries: 24,235Map.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is preparing to launch a second coronavirus task force focused on reviving the U.S. economy.
  4. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under coronavirus public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  5. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — Another 6.6 million jobless claims were filed last week.
  6. World update: Boris Johnson is moved out of ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus
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Boris Johnson moved out of ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus

Johnson last December. Photo: Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but is continuing to be monitored at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

Why it matters: It's a sign of improvement after Johnson spent three nights in intensive care for coronavirus. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab remains in charge of the government.

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A pause button for debts

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Governments have forcibly put much of the U.S. and the global economy on pause in recent weeks, for very good reason. Factories, offices, sporting arenas, restaurants, airports and myriad other institutions have closed down. But one thing hasn't been paused: monthly debt-service obligations.

The big picture: The less movement and activity there is in an economy, the more the coronavirus curve is flattened. But the obligations in bond and loan contracts can't be paused. That's worrying CEOs who fear a wave of business failures if economic activity doesn't pick up next month.