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.
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.