Near Majority of Voters More Likely to Support Candidates Who Provide a Check on President Trump
President’s Job Approval Rating Rises to 44 Percent, Up Four Points Since April
Health Care is #1 Voter Issue for Midterms, Followed by Economy and Jobs
Fifty-Three Percent Have Confidence in Mueller’s Russia Probe, Compared to 40 Percent Who Have Little to None
JUNE 7, 2018 – Forty-eight percent of voters are more likely to support a congressional candidate who promises to provide a check on President Donald Trump, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, with the number growing to more than 50 percent in competitive states and congressional districts.
53 percent say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the president on most issues. In contrast, 23 percent are less likely to support a candidate who promises to serve as a check the president.
Ahead of the November midterm elections, Democrats hold a ten-point advantage, with 50 percent of registered voters wanting a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 40 percent who want a Republican-controlled one. This is up three points from April, when Democrats held a seven-point edge on this question (47 percent to 40 percent).
Trump’s approval rating rises to 44 percent among registered voters in the poll, up four points among voters in April. The same percentage of poll respondents gives the president credit for economic improvement, compared with 27 percent who say Trump doesn’t deserve much credit. Overall, a combined 63 percent of voters are satisfied with the U.S. economy.
The economy and jobs are the second-most important issue in this year’s midterms, according to the poll, with health care coming as the most important (22 percent to 19 percent). Other top issues include guns, with 13 percent of support, taxes and spending with 11 percent, and immigration with ten percent.
On the Russia probe, 53 percent of voters have confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducting a fair and impartial investigation versus a combined 40 percent who have little to no confidence. 46 percent believe that Mueller’s investigation should continue, while 36 percent think it should be ended.
Read more on the new poll’s findings, including numbers on impeachment and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and watch NBC News political director Chuck Todd break the numbers down this morning on "TODAY."
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