June 8, 2017 - Merkel Challenges Trump As Leader Of Free World, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Oppose GOP Health Care Bill Almost 4-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Only 46 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump is the "leader of the free world," while 29 percent say German Chancellor Angela Merkel now fills that role, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Another 6 percent say someone else and 19 percent are undecided.

President Trump tops Merkel 80 - 6 percent among Republicans and 47 - 26 percent among independent voters, with Democrats choosing Merkel 50 - 22 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

American voters say 72 - 23 percent that the U.S. should be the leader of the free world.

Voters disapprove 60 - 35 percent of the way Trump is handling foreign policy and disapprove 60 - 35 percent of the way he is handling relations with European allies. The president's attitude towards NATO allies is too unfriendly, 50 percent of voters say, as 4 percent say he is too friendly and 39 percent say he has the right attitude.

A total of 88 percent say it is "very important" or "somewhat important" that Trump publicly reaffirm that an attack on any NATO member is an attack on all NATO members.

Trump did a bad job on his first foreign trip as president, voters say 51 - 40 percent.

"Stick to 'one for all and all for one.' That's the clear message from American voters who want NATO to have our back...and vice versa," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"The White House self-review of President Donald Trump's overseas trip clashes with how voters feel about a visit that polarized many and raised questions about who can best be described as leader of the free world."

"Americans give their president a less than ringing endorsement. What about the rest of the world?" Malloy added.

Health Care

American voters disapprove 62 - 17 percent of the Republican health care plan, compared to a 57 - 20 percent disapproval in a May 25 Quinnipiac University poll. Today, Republicans approve of the health care plan 42 - 25 percent, as every other listed party, gender, education, age or racial group disapproves by wide margins.

Voters oppose 65 - 30 percent decreasing federal funding for Medicaid. Republicans support a Medicaid cut 49 - 39 percent, while every other listed group opposes the cut by wide margins.

Voters disapprove 66 - 28 percent of the way Trump is handling health care.

Control of House, Senate

American voters say 51 - 39 percent that they would like to see the Democratic Party win control of the House of Representatives. Independent voters are divided as 43 percent want Republican control and 42 percent want Democratic control.

By a similar 52 - 39 percent, voters would like to see Democrats win control of the U.S. Senate. Again, independent voters are divided, with 42 percent for Republicans and 43 percent for Democrats.

American voters disapprove 73 - 19 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing and disapprove 63 - 28 percent of the job Democrats in Congress are doing.

Only 29 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today, while 70 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

From May 31 - June 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,361 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points, including the design effect. 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 and the nation as a public service and for research.

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2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              19%    47%     4%    19%    22%    17%    20%    24%
Disapprove           73     43     92     73     71     75     74     67
DK/NA                 7     10      4      9      7      8      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              15%    24%    20%    18%    23%    21%    22%    14%
Disapprove           81     68     71     75     69     72     70     79
DK/NA                 5      8      9      7      8      7      8      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (* High also 34%, ** Low also 12%)
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         19      73       7
May 25, 2017         21      70       9
May 10, 2017         22      71       7
Apr 19, 2017         24      68       7
Apr 04, 2017         21      70       9
Mar 22, 2017         29      64       7
Feb 22, 2017         31      62       8
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3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              28%     9%    54%    19%    25%    31%    33%    22%
Disapprove           63     87     39     69     66     60     61     67
DK/NA                 9      4      7     12      9      9      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              27%    30%    29%    31%    23%    31%    27%    31%
Disapprove           66     60     64     59     67     62     64     59
DK/NA                 7     10      7     10     10      7      8      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (* Low also 24%)
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         28      63       9
May 25, 2017         28      63       9
May 10, 2017         34      58       9
Apr 19, 2017         29      63       7
Apr 04, 2017         34      57       9
Mar 22, 2017         30      60      10
Feb 22, 2017         32      59       8
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8. If the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States House of Representatives?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Republican Party     39%    90%     3%    43%    47%    32%    40%    53%
Democratic Party     51      6     94     42     44     58     54     37
DK/NA                10      4      3     15      9     10      5     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Republican Party     30%    36%    46%    40%    55%    40%    47%    22%
Democratic Party     58     52     48     50     37     52     45     66
DK/NA                12     12      6      9      8      8      8     12
 
TREND: If the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States House of Representatives?
                     Rep     Dem
                     Party   Party   DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         39      51      10
May 10, 2017         38      54       8
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9. If the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States Senate?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Republican Party     39%    91%     4%    42%    46%    34%    41%    52%
Democratic Party     52      8     93     43     46     58     55     39
DK/NA                 8      2      3     15      8      8      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Republican Party     32%    37%    45%    41%    54%    39%    46%    24%
Democratic Party     57     55     49     51     39     54     47     66
DK/NA                12      9      5      8      7      7      7     10
 
 
10. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        4%     7%     2%     4%     6%     2%     5%     4%
Smwht satisfied      25     49      8     25     30     20     26     31
Smwht dissatisfied   24     24     19     29     27     22     24     23
Very dissatisfied    46     18     70     39     37     54     44     39
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     5%     5%     7%     3%     5%     2%
Smwht satisfied      19     26     25     26     33     24     28     16
Smwht dissatisfied   29     25     24     20     26     22     24     26
Very dissatisfied    49     45     45     48     33     49     41     56
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      2      2      2      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                     sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017          4      25      24      46       2
May 24, 2017          4      29      29      37       2
May 10, 2017          5      28      25      41       1
Apr 19, 2017          7      26      27      38       2
Apr 04, 2017          3      25      27      44       1
Mar 22, 2017          5      26      27      39       2
Mar 07, 2017          6      26      29      37       2
Feb 22, 2017          6      25      28      39       2
Feb 07, 2017          8      24      26      38       3
Jan 26, 2017          6      26      30      36       3
Jan 10, 2017          3      27      35      33       2
Nov 28, 2016          5      22      30      42       2
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25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - foreign policy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%    79%     5%    35%    41%    30%    37%    48%
Disapprove           60     16     93     59     54     65     59     44
DK/NA                 5      5      3      6      5      5      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              22%    36%    39%    41%    48%    37%    42%    19%
Disapprove           72     60     58     54     46     57     52     79
DK/NA                 7      3      3      5      6      5      6      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - foreign policy?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         35      60       5
May 24, 2017         38      56       7
May 10, 2017         36      59       6
Apr 19, 2017         40      56       4
Apr 04, 2017         33      58       9
Mar 22, 2017         34      58       7
Mar 07, 2017         38      54       8
Feb 22, 2017         36      56       7
Feb 07, 2017         38      56       6
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - health care?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              28%    68%     2%    29%    34%    24%    32%    38%
Disapprove           66     23     97     63     58     73     64     53
DK/NA                 6     10      1      8      9      4      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              17%    31%    32%    31%    39%    31%    35%    13%
Disapprove           78     62     63     62     51     65     58     83
DK/NA                 5      7      5      7     10      4      7      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - health care?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         28      66       6
May 25, 2017         32      62       6
May 11, 2017         28      66       6
Apr 20, 2017         29      65       6
Apr 04, 2017         28      64       9
Mar 23, 2017         29      61      10
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - relations with European allies?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%    77%     6%    37%    43%    29%    35%    48%
Disapprove           60     19     92     58     53     67     62     47
DK/NA                 4      4      3      6      4      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              24%    36%    39%    40%    49%    35%    42%    22%
Disapprove           71     61     57     56     46     61     54     75
DK/NA                 5      3      4      4      5      4      4      3
 
 
38. Based on what you've heard, do you think President Trump did a good job or a bad job on his first foreign trip as President?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good job             40%    84%    11%    40%    46%    35%    41%    52%
Bad job              51     12     80     48     47     54     54     40
DK/NA                 9      4      9     12      7     10      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Good job             27%    40%    46%    45%    52%    41%    47%    27%
Bad job              60     49     48     49     41     52     46     60
DK/NA                13     10      6      7      7      6      7     13
 
 
40. Do you believe President Trump has too friendly of an attitude towards NATO allies, too unfriendly of an attitude towards NATO allies, or has about the right attitude towards NATO allies?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too friendly          4%     3%     5%     4%     2%     6%     2%     3%
Too unfriendly       50     14     82     45     46     54     57     38
Right attitude       39     79      8     42     48     32     37     52
DK/NA                 6      4      5      8      4      8      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too friendly          6%     4%     5%     3%     1%     4%     3%     8%
Too unfriendly       60     50     47     47     42     53     47     57
Right attitude       27     39     43     44     54     36     45     27
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      4      7      5      8
 
TREND: Do you believe President Trump has too friendly of an attitude towards - NATO allies, too unfriendly of an attitude towards NATO allies, or has about the right attitude towards NATO allies?
                     Too     Too     Right
                     Frndly  Unfrndl Att     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017          4      50      39       6
Jan 30, 2017          3      44      42      11
 
 
41. Do you think that the United States should be the leader of the free world, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should be        72%    79%    74%    68%    75%    69%    74%    69%
No                   23     16     22     27     21     25     21     25
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      4      6      5      6
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should be        56%    71%    76%    85%    74%    69%    72%    75%
No                   38     26     19     10     22     23     23     23
DK/NA                 6      2      4      5      4      8      6      3
 
 
42. Do you believe that President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will be able to pass any significant legislation by the end of 2017, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Pass legislation 44%    60%    28%    50%    44%    44%    47%    47%
No                   50     33     66     45     50     49     47     48
DK/NA                 6      7      6      6      5      7      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Pass legislation 52%    40%    42%    41%    49%    45%    47%    37%
No                   43     56     53     49     46     48     47     57
DK/NA                 5      4      5     10      5      7      6      7
 
 
47. As president, do you think Donald Trump should - support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           44%    83%    15%    46%    48%    40%    41%    56%
No                   53     14     84     48     48     57     57     39
DK/NA                 4      3      1      6      4      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Should           39%    45%    45%    45%    55%    44%    49%    33%
No                   54     54     52     52     41     54     48     63
DK/NA                 7      2      3      3      4      2      3      4
 
TREND: As president, do you think Donald Trump should support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         44      53       4
May 25, 2017         45      50       4
May 11, 2017         44      53       3
Apr 20, 2017         44      53       2
Apr 05, 2017         42      54       4
Mar 23, 2017         45      51       5
Mar 08, 2017         45      51       4
Feb 23, 2017         43      54       3
Feb 08, 2017         46      50       4
Jan 12, 2017         48      47       5
 
 
48. Do you think President Trump and the Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should repeal parts of the healthcare law but keep other parts, or should not repeal any of the Affordable Care Act?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Repeal all           19%    39%     5%    19%    20%    18%    16%    24%
Repeal parts         47     52     41     49     49     46     51     51
Should not repeal    30      5     51     28     27     33     31     21
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      4      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Repeal all           16%    19%    21%    19%    23%    18%    20%    17%
Repeal parts         43     51     44     52     52     50     51     41
Should not repeal    38     28     31     24     21     29     25     39
DK/NA                 3      3      3      5      4      3      4      3
 
TREND: Do you think President Trump and the Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should repeal parts of the healthcare law but keep other parts, or should not repeal any of the Affordable Care Act? (*President-elect)
                     Repeal  Repeal  Not
                     All     Parts   Repeal  DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         19      47      30       4
May 25, 2017         19      48      30       3
May 11, 2017         19      45      34       3
Mar 23, 2017         20      50      27       3
Mar 08, 2017         21      49      27       3
Jan 27, 2017         16      51      30       3
Jan 12, 2017*        18      47      31       4
 
 
49. There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              17%    42%     1%    18%    21%    13%    17%    24%
Disapprove           62     25     84     62     57     66     64     49
DK/NA                21     32     14     20     22     21     19     27
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              16%    13%    21%    19%    24%    17%    21%     9%
Disapprove           71     65     58     54     52     60     56     74
DK/NA                13     22     21     27     23     23     23     17
 
TREND: There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan? (* "revised Republican health care plan")
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         17      62      21
May 25, 2017         20      57      23
May 11, 2017*        21      56      22
Mar 23, 2017         17      56      26
 
 
49a. There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q49) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly      6%    17%     1%     4%     6%     5%     6%     8%
Approve smwht        11     26      1     14     14      8     11     16
Disapprove smwht     12     12      8     17     14     11     10     15
Disapprove strongly  49     13     76     45     44     54     54     34
DK/NA                22     32     15     20     22     21     19     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve strongly      3%     5%     9%     7%     6%     8%     7%     3%
Approve smwht        14      8     12     11     18     10     14      6
Disapprove smwht     22     10     10      8     14     11     12     13
Disapprove strongly  49     56     48     46     38     49     44     61
DK/NA                13     22     21     27     23     23     23     17
 
TREND: There is a Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this Republican health care plan? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove? (* "revised Republican health care plan")
                     App     App     Dis     Dis
                     Strngly Smwht   Smwht   Strngly DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017          6      11      12      49      22
May 25, 2017          8      11      11      46      24
May 11, 2017*         9      12      10      46      23
Mar 23, 2017          6      11      12      43      27
 
 
50. Do you support or oppose decreasing federal funding for Medicaid, a government program that helps pay for health care for low income Americans?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              30%    49%    16%    29%    33%    26%    28%    34%
Oppose               65     39     82     67     61     69     66     57
DK/NA                 5     13      1      4      6      5      7      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              23%    30%    32%    32%    34%    29%    31%    26%
Oppose               73     66     61     62     58     65     61     72
DK/NA                 4      4      6      6      8      7      7      1
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose decreasing federal funding for Medicaid, a government program that helps pay for health care for low income Americans?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2017         30      65       5
Mar 23, 2017         22      74       4
 
 
51. Who do you think is the leader of the free world: President Donald Trump or German Chancellor Angela Merkel?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Trump                46%    80%    22%    47%    53%    39%    44%    55%
Merkel               29      6     50     26     26     32     35     21
SOMEONE ELSE(VOL)     6      2      6      7      7      5      7      5
DK/NA                19     12     21     20     14     24     14     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Trump                37%    46%    50%    48%    56%    44%    50%    39%
Merkel               33     24     31     30     24     30     27     31
SOMEONE ELSE(VOL)     9     10      4      1      6      6      6      6
DK/NA                21     20     15     20     13     20     17     23
 
 
53. How important is it to you that President Trump publicly reaffirm that an attack on any NATO member is an attack on all NATO members: very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very important       60%    54%    71%    55%    61%    59%    66%    56%
Smwht important      28     32     23     32     27     30     23     32
Not so important      6      8      1      7      6      5      7      6
Not important at all  4      4      3      4      4      3      3      3
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      3      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very important       52%    60%    66%    63%    61%    61%    61%    59%
Smwht important      38     26     23     26     27     29     28     30
Not so important      7      7      5      4      6      6      6      4
Not important at all  2      5      3      3      4      2      3      6
DK/NA                 1      2      2      4      2      2      2      2