Voters would be divided between Trump or Obama as President by Morning Consult

Voters want President-elect Donald Trump to focus on bringing back manufacturing jobs from overseas and preventing more jobs from leaving the country when he takes office later this month.

Nearly half of registered voters surveyed, 49 percent, say healing the country after the election is “very important” for Trump’s speech. Trump, having won only 46 percent of the popular vote in a historically contentious election, is significantly less popular than recent presidents-elect preparing for their inaugurations.

In terms of policy, the highest-scoring proposals are keeping manufacturing jobs in the country (48 percent “very important”) and bringing jobs back from other countries (47 percent). Trump has already garnered positive headlines for the decisions of some companies to cancel plans to move jobs overseas or expand their stateside workforces. Some of those decisions came after prodding from Trump, while other companies did not communicate with the president-elect.

There’s less zeal among voters for discussing efforts to repeal the 2010 health care law: 36 percent say it is “very important” Trump mention it in his speech. Similarly, 34 percent of voters say it’s “very important” Trump talk about appointing an associate justice to the Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died last February.

 Fewer voters want to hear Trump discuss some of his more controversial proposals. Only 21 percent say it is “very important” Trump talk about the border wall for which he advocated for the length of his campaign. Just 23 percent say discussing a ban on Muslim immigration is “very important,” and another 23 percent say it’s “very important” Trump talk about tariffs on goods imported from China and Mexico.
Similarly, voters expect Trump to talk about bringing back jobs from other countries (46 percent say it’s “very likely”) and keeping jobs in the U.S. (45 percent). But only 23 percent of voters say it’s “very likely” Trump talks about the border wall, and just 21 percent expect him to discuss the Muslim ban.
The poll also shows voters evenly divided on a recent point of contention: whether they would rather have President Barack Obama continue for a third term – which is prevented by the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms — or whether they want Trump to take office this year:
President elect Donald Trump: 45%
President Barack Obama: 44%

The tie between Trump and Obama is mainly driven by sharp partisan divides — nearly all Republicans want Trump, all Democrats would prefer Obama, and independents are split,” said Dropp, the Morning Consult pollster. “Although purely hypothetical, this poll suggests that neither Obama nor Trump would have won in a complete landslide.

Voters narrowly dispute Trump’s assertion that the first-time candidate would have defeated the incumbent if Obama could seek another term: 47 percent say they think Obama would win an election against Trump, while 42 percent think Trump would win.



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