September 12, 2018 - Dems Have 14-Point Lead In U.S. House Races Nationwide, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Back Media Over Trump By Wide Margin Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters back Democratic candidates over Republicans 52 - 38 percent in races for the U.S. House of Representatives nationwide, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Independent voters back Democrats over Republicans 50 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds.

Democrats lead by a narrow 48 - 42 percent among men and by a wide 55 - 35 percent among women. White voters are divided as 48 percent go Republican and 45 percent go Democratic. Democrats lead 84 - 7 percent among black voters and 64 - 22 percent among Hispanic voters.

American voters disapprove 72 - 18 percent of the job the U.S. Congress is doing. There is no listed party, gender, education, age or racial group which approves of Congress.

Congress should be more of a check on President Donald Trump, voters say 58 - 27 percent. Republicans say 62 - 11 percent that Congress is doing enough to check the president, the only listed group to feel that way.

But voters say 56 - 36 percent they would not like to see Congress begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

"By a 14-point margin, Americans would rather vote for the Democratic candidate in their local race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Could the 'blue wave' become a tsunami?" asked Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"There are a lot of factors, and eight weeks of campaigning, that make up the answer to that question.

"Whoever wins, they're going into a Congress with an abysmal approval rating."

"American voters don't want Congress to tell President Donald Trump, 'You're fired!' by serving him with articles of impeachment," Malloy added.

Trump and the Media

American voters trust the news media more than President Trump 54 - 30 percent to tell the truth about important issues. Republicans trust Trump more than the media 72 - 12 percent, the only group that trusts Trump more. White voters with no college degree are divided as 45 percent trust Trump more and 43 percent trust the media more.

The news media is an important part of democracy, 69 percent of voters say, as 21 percent say the media is the enemy of the people. Republicans say 47 - 31 percent the media is the enemy of the people rather than an important part of democracy, the only listed group to feel that way.

From September 6 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points, including design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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1. If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate in your congressional district? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward the Democratic candidate or more toward the Republican candidate?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Democratic candidate 52%     4%    96%    50%    48%    55%    52%    37%
Republican candidate 38     93      1     35     42     35     43     54
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 9      3      3     14      9      9      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Democratic candidate 61%    45%    55%    52%    41%    49%    45%    84%    64%
Republican candidate 25     46     39     44     53     44     48      7     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
DK/NA                13      9      6      4      6      7      7     10     12
 
TREND: If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate in your congressional district? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward the Democratic candidate or more toward the Republican candidate?
                                     SMONE
                     Dem     Rep     ELSE    DK/NA
 
Sep 12, 2018         52      38       -       9
Aug 15, 2018         51      42       1       7
Jul 25, 2018         51      39       -      10
Jul 02, 2018         50      41       1       8
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              18%    31%     9%    16%    21%    14%    16%    20%
Disapprove           72     54     86     76     73     72     79     65
DK/NA                10     16      5      8      6     14      6     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              26%    19%    17%    12%    19%    17%    18%    14%    22%
Disapprove           64     69     78     79     73     71     72     83     65
DK/NA                11     12      6      9      8     12     10      4     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Sep 12, 2018         18      72      10
Aug 15, 2018         15      78       7
Jul 02, 2018         15      78       7
Jun 06, 2018         13      78       9
Apr 11, 2018         12      81       7
Mar 07, 2018         13      80       6
Feb 07, 2018         15      77       8
Jan 18, 2018         16      78       6
Dec 19, 2017         13      79       8
Dec 05, 2017         12      80       8
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14. In general, would you like to see Congress be more of a check on President Trump, or do you think Congress is doing enough to be a check on President Trump?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More of a check      58%    11%    91%    60%    53%    62%    57%    44%
Doing enough         27     62      6     25     32     23     31     35
LESS OF A CHECK(VOL)  4      9      -      4      5      3      4      7
DK/NA                11     18      3     10     10     12      9     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More of a check      68%    53%    59%    55%    45%    55%    50%    87%    70%
Doing enough         26     28     30     28     38     29     33      6     21
LESS OF A CHECK(VOL)  3      4      4      4      6      4      5      1      2
DK/NA                 3     15      7     14     11     11     11      5      8
 
 
15. Would you like to see Congress begin the process to impeach President Trump, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Impeach          36%     2%    70%    31%    28%    44%    32%    32%
No                   56     95     21     61     66     47     60     64
DK/NA                 8      3      9      8      7      9      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Impeach          46%    28%    39%    33%    24%    39%    32%    59%    42%
No                   49     59     56     60     70     55     62     29     48
DK/NA                 5     13      5      7      6      6      6     12     11
 
 
17. Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump or the news media?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Trump                30%    72%     1%    27%    32%    29%    32%    45%
News media           54     12     89     54     51     56     54     43
DK/NA                16     16      9     19     18     15     14     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Trump                22%    33%    34%    33%    40%    37%    38%     8%    22%
News media           58     50     56     55     46     51     49     75     64
DK/NA                20     17     10     11     15     12     13     17     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump or the news media?
                             News
                     Trump   Media   DK/NA
 
Sep 12, 2018         30      54      16 
Jul 25, 2018         34      54      12
Jun 20, 2018         36      53      11
Apr 26, 2018         37      53      10 
Nov 14, 2017         34      54      12
Oct 12, 2017         37      52      11 
Aug 23, 2017         36      54      10
Aug 16, 2017         37      55       9 
May 25, 2017         34      53      13
May 10, 2017         31      57      12 
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18. Which comes closer to your point of view: the news media is the enemy of the people, or the news media is an important part of democracy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Enemy of the people  21%    47%     3%    18%    23%    19%    19%    30%
Part of democracy    69     31     95     74     69     69     72     60
NEITHER(VOL)          5     10      1      3      4      5      5      3
DK/NA                 6     11      2      5      4      7      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Enemy of the people  20%    25%    21%    18%    28%    22%    25%     5%    13%
Part of democracy    73     64     73     71     66     66     66     89     80
NEITHER(VOL)          3      6      3      4      3      5      4      2      -
DK/NA                 4      5      4      7      3      7      5      4      7
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view: the news media is the enemy of the people, or the news media is an important part of democracy?
                             Impt
                     Enemy   Part    NEITHER  DK/NA
 
Sep 12, 2018         21      69       5        6
Aug 14, 2018         26      65       4        6
Jul 25, 2018         21      71       3        4
Jun 20, 2018         23      65       6        6
Apr 26, 2018         22      66       4        8