November 23, 2016 - American Voters Support Abortion, Oppose The Wall, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Differ With Trump On Guns, Taxes, Other Issues Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Despite Donald Trump's victory, American voters are at odds with the president-elect on several key issues, agreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision 67 - 30 percent and opposing a wall along the Mexican border 55 - 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

In fact, support for illegal immigrants being allowed to stay in the U.S., with a path to citizenship, 60 percent, is higher than in any survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University Poll since the question was first asked four years ago. Today, another 12 percent of American voters say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay, but not become citizens and 25 percent say they should be deported.

American voter opinions on abortion are:
  • 26 percent say it should be legal in all cases;
  • 38 percent say it should be legal in most cases;
  • 22 percent say it should be illegal in most cases;
  • 10 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.
For Supreme Court nominees, Trump should consider only a nominee's qualifications, 51 percent of voters say, while 40 percent say he also should consider the nominee's opinions on issues such as abortion. Those who want a nominee's opinions considered say 51 - 43 percent that Trump should not nominate Supreme Court justices who will vote to restrict abortion rights.

"Two of President-elect Donald Trump's signature campaign mantras get a hearty thumbs down. Voters to Trump: No way on reversing Roe v. Wade and not a chance on building that wall," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And though it drew cheers on the campaign trail, the fiery rhetoric about redirecting the path to citizenship in the U.S. back to the Mexican border is actually losing support."

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 24 percent of American voters say the economy should be President-elect Donald Trump's first priority, followed by 17 percent who say he should address his own personal qualities.

American voters support 83 - 15 percent increasing federal spending for infrastructure.

Voters say 57 - 38 percent that reducing taxes on the wealthy will not improve the economy and create more jobs.

There should be more government regulation of financial institutions, 46 percent of voters say, while 43 percent say increased regulation hurts the economy.

American voters support 50 - 44 percent "suspending immigration from terror prone regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions."

Voters also support 64 - 28 percent "renegotiating major trade deals with other countries, even if it means paying more for the products you buy."

Trump should defend all of America's NATO allies, voters say 77 - 16 percent.

A total of 68 percent of American voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change and say 59 - 31 percent that Trump should not "remove specific regulations intended to combat climate change."

American voters oppose other possible Trump initiatives:
  • 67 - 29 percent against lowering taxes on the wealthy;
  • 48 - 38 percent against removing regulations on businesses and corporations;
  • 57 - 38 percent against making it easier for people to carry guns;
  • 60 - 32 percent against "reducing taxes across the board even if it means increasing the deficit."
A total of 76 percent of voters say prejudice against minority groups is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in the U.S., and 43 percent are more concerned about discrimination and violence against minorities now that Trump has been elected president; 17 percent are less concerned and 38 percent are concerned about the same amount.

From November 17 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,071 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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9. What do you think Donald Trump's top priority should be when he becomes President in January?
                                        Tot
 
Economy Total                           24%
 Economy general                        14
 Jobs/Unemployment                      10
 
Personal Qualities Total                17%
 Caring about people                     1
 Unite country/people                    8
 Doing what is best for Americans        2
 Honesty/Trustworthiness                 2
 Behaving appropriately                  3
 Learn to be President                   1
 
Healthcare Total                         8%
 Healthcare                              4
 Repeal Obamacare                        2
 Obamacare general                       2
 
Politics Total                           8%
 Bipartisan/Get things done              2
 Resign                                  3
 Supporting Constitution                 1
 Nominate Supreme Court Justice          1
 Appointing good people                  1
 
Immigration Total                        6%
 Immigration general                     3
 Build wall                              1
 Borders/Secure borders                  1
 Immigration other                       1
 
National Security                        6%
 
Foreign policy                           3%
 
Military Total                           3%
 Military Issues/Benefits                2
 Defeat ISIS                             1
 
Budget Total                             2%
 National debt                           1
 Budget other                            1
 
Environment                              2%
 
Inequality Total                         2%
 Class inequality                        1
 Race relations                          1
 
Taxes                                    2%
 
Crime                                    1%
Education                                1%
Government Corruption/Ethics             1%
Infrastructure                           1%
Poverty/Homelessness                     1%
 
Other                                    6%
DK/NA                                    6%
 
 
10. For future presidential elections, would you support or oppose changing to a system in which the president is elected by direct popular vote, instead of by the Electoral College?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              53%    24%    81%    53%    47%    58%    54%    40%
Oppose               39     68     10     39     48     32     39     51
DK/NA                 8      9      8      8      5     10      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              58%    54%    46%    55%    40%    51%    46%    69%
Oppose               35     41     43     37     54     39     46     23
DK/NA                 7      5     11      8      6      9      8      8
 
 
37. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - lower taxes on the wealthy, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           29%    53%    12%    23%    33%    25%    27%    33%
No                   67     40     87     72     64     69     69     62
DK/NA                 4      7      1      6      3      6      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           27%    31%    26%    33%    34%    27%    30%    25%
No                   71     67     71     59     63     67     65     72
DK/NA                 2      2      4      9      3      6      5      3
 
 
38. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - remove regulations on businesses and corporations, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           38%    66%     9%    39%    48%    30%    39%    46%
No                   48     21     77     48     43     53     51     38
DK/NA                14     13     14     14     10     17     10     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           36%    39%    39%    37%    54%    34%    43%    27%
No                   50     49     48     47     38     49     44     59
DK/NA                14     12     13     16      9     17     13     14
 
 
39. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - remove specific regulations intended to combat climate change, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           31%    53%    14%    28%    36%    28%    31%    39%
No                   59     35     80     61     56     62     64     48
DK/NA                 9     12      7     11      9     10      6     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           26%    28%    39%    31%    40%    31%    35%    22%
No                   67     65     51     55     52     58     56     67
DK/NA                 8      7     10     14      7     11      9     10
 
 
40. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - make it easier for people to carry guns, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           38%    66%     8%    40%    45%    32%    31%    54%
No                   57     30     88     54     51     62     64     41
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      4      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           42%    38%    37%    34%    51%    37%    43%    26%
No                   53     59     58     59     45     58     52     69
DK/NA                 5      3      5      7      4      6      5      4
 
 
41. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - defend all of America's NATO allies, if necessary, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           77%    75%    80%    79%    80%    74%    81%    72%
No                   16     16     15     16     16     16     12     17
DK/NA                 7      8      5      5      3     10      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           80%    75%    80%    75%    80%    74%    77%    80%
No                   16     20     14     12     15     15     15     18
DK/NA                 4      5      5     13      4     12      8      3
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              42%    76%    11%    43%    46%    39%    39%    57%
Oppose               55     20     88     53     51     58     58     39
DK/NA                 3      4      1      4      3      3      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              24%    45%    50%    45%    52%    46%    49%    26%
Oppose               76     53     46     51     46     50     48     72
DK/NA                 -      2      4      4      2      4      3      2
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose renegotiating major trade deals with other countries, even if it means paying more for the products you buy?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    81%    41%    67%    71%    59%    64%    73%
Oppose               28     13     47     27     25     31     28     19
DK/NA                 8      6     12      5      5     10      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              68%    67%    66%    61%    74%    65%    69%    53%
Oppose               27     28     26     30     22     24     23     41
DK/NA                 5      6      9      9      5     11      8      6
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose increasing federal spending for roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              83%    83%    84%    83%    85%    81%    90%    82%
Oppose               15     17     15     12     15     15      8     16
DK/NA                 2      -      2      4      -      4      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              76%    89%    83%    87%    86%    86%    86%    77%
Oppose               20     10     16     11     14     11     12     21
DK/NA                 4      1      1      3      -      4      2      2
 
 
45. Do you support or oppose putting limits on the number of times Senators and Congressmen can run for office, also known as term limits?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              82%    88%    73%    84%    83%    82%    82%    85%
Oppose               14     10     22     13     15     14     15     12
DK/NA                 3      2      5      3      2      4      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              86%    84%    77%    84%    84%    84%    84%    79%
Oppose               10     13     19     14     14     12     13     18
DK/NA                 4      3      4      2      2      4      3      3
 
 
46. Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board, even if it means increasing the deficit?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              32%    45%    20%    34%    34%    31%    28%    36%
Oppose               60     47     72     58     61     59     67     55
DK/NA                 8      8      8      8      5     10      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              34%    33%    36%    24%    37%    28%    32%    34%
Oppose               58     63     59     61     60     61     60     58
DK/NA                 9      4      4     15      3     11      7      8
 
 
47. Do you support or oppose suspending immigration from "terror prone" regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              50%    78%    23%    48%    56%    44%    44%    59%
Oppose               44     18     70     45     43     46     50     35
DK/NA                 6      5      6      7      2     10      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              40%    54%    52%    50%    58%    47%    52%    43%
Oppose               57     42     41     42     40     44     42     51
DK/NA                 2      4      7      9      2      9      6      6
 
 
51. Do you believe that reducing taxes on the wealthy will improve the economy and create more jobs or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Improve          38%    56%    19%    37%    42%    34%    31%    45%
No                   57     37     79     55     53     60     65     48
DK/NA                 6      8      2      8      5      6      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Improve          40%    34%    40%    39%    43%    35%    38%    37%
No                   56     62     56     52     51     59     56     58
DK/NA                 4      5      4      8      6      6      6      5
 
 
52. Do you think there should be more government regulation of financial institutions, or do you think increased regulation hurts the economy?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More regulation      46%    26%    66%    46%    45%    47%    52%    40%
Hurts economy        43     64     23     43     48     38     40     47
DK/NA                11     10     11     12      6     15      8     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More regulation      43%    51%    48%    41%    43%    47%    46%    49%
Hurts economy        50     40     41     42     52     37     44     41
DK/NA                 7      9     11     17      4     16     11     10
 
 
53. How concerned are you about climate change: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       37%    12%    61%    38%    36%    38%    44%    28%
Somewhat concerned   31     35     27     31     30     32     29     30
Not so concerned     15     27      7     13     14     16     14     19
Not concerned at all 16     24      5     17     20     13     13     22
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      -      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very concerned       46%    33%    35%    36%    35%    35%    35%    42%
Somewhat concerned   35     33     29     27     27     31     29     36
Not so concerned      7     19     16     17     16     18     17     11
Not concerned at all 10     16     18     19     22     14     18     11
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      -      2      1      -
 
 
54. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  60%    38%    83%    56%    52%    66%    63%    51%
B) Stay/Not citizen  12     12      7     15     14     10     13      9
C) Not stay          25     45      8     24     29     21     21     34
DK/NA                 4      6      1      5      5      3      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  73%    58%    57%    56%    49%    63%    57%    67%
B) Stay/Not citizen   7     11     15     11     13      9     11     13
C) Not stay          18     26     24     26     32     24     28     16
DK/NA                 1      5      4      7      5      4      5      3
 
 
55. In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                67%    39%    85%    72%    64%    69%    71%    59%
Disagree             30     56     14     24     33     28     27     37
DK/NA                 3      5      1      3      3      3      1      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Agree                69%    71%    63%    67%    64%    66%    65%    71%
Disagree             30     27     34     29     35     30     32     26
DK/NA                 2      2      4      3      2      4      3      3
 
 
56. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legal all cases      26%     7%    44%    29%    22%    30%    29%    19%
Legal most cases     38     28     40     41     41     35     40     37
Illegal most cases   22     37      9     21     23     20     20     26
Illegal all cases    10     23      4      6      8     12      7     14
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      6      3      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Legal all cases      30%    29%    26%    21%    20%    26%    24%    34%
Legal most cases     40     35     37     42     42     35     38     36
Illegal most cases   15     21     25     25     24     23     23     17
Illegal all cases    12     10      8      8      8     13     11      8
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      5      3      4      5
 
 
57. Should President-elect Trump choose a Supreme Court nominee based only on whether that person is qualified to be a justice, or should he also consider that person's views on controversial issues like abortion?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Only qualifications  51%    41%    59%    53%    54%    48%    57%    44%
Consider views       40     52     32     40     39     42     38     46
DK/NA                 8      8      9      7      7     10      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Only qualifications  54%    51%    53%    50%    53%    47%    50%    55%
Consider views       38     42     41     38     43     42     42     36
DK/NA                 8      8      5     12      3     11      8      9
 
 
57a. (If consider views q57) Do you think President-elect Trump should appoint Supreme Court Justices who will vote to restrict abortion rights, or not?
                     IF CONSIDER VIEWS Q57................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           43%    64%    20%    37%    45%    42%    38%    50%
No                   51     30     77     54     49     52     58     43
DK/NA                 6      6      3      9      6      6      4      7
 
 
64. How serious a problem do you think that prejudice against minority groups is in the United States today: a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not so serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very serious         43%    17%    73%    41%    35%    50%    42%    30%
Somewhat serious     33     37     24     34     34     32     34     40
Not so serious       17     35      3     16     22     14     17     23
Not at all            5      8      -      8      8      3      4      6
DK/NA                 2      3      -      1      2      1      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very serious         48%    43%    41%    41%    29%    41%    36%    62%
Somewhat serious     32     31     34     35     38     36     37     22
Not so serious       12     19     20     18     24     17     20     10
Not at all            8      5      5      3      7      4      5      5
DK/NA                 -      2      1      3      2      2      2      1
 
 
66. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, are you more concerned about discrimination and violence against minorities, less concerned, or concerned about the same amount?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More concerned       43%    12%    77%    40%    35%    50%    47%    29%
Less concerned       17     37      2     16     20     15     13     28
Same amount          38     49     21     43     44     34     39     42
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More concerned       53%    41%    41%    39%    31%    42%    37%    58%
Less concerned       17     12     20     21     24     19     21      8
Same amount          30     47     37     38     44     38     40     33
DK/NA                 -      -      2      2      1      1      1      1