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CBS NEWS POLL

Expectations for the Trump Presidency
January 13-16, 2017
Q2. Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously
gotten off on the wrong track?

Right direction
Wrong track
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
29
43
18
28
61
49
73
60
10
8
9
12

Dec16a
%
29
63
8

Q4. Is your opinion of Mike Pence favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Mike Pence
yet to have an opinion?
Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer

29
21
14
33
2

57
3
11
28
1

11
41
16
31
2

26
16
15
38
4

30
25
13
30
2

Q5. Is your opinion of Melania Trump favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Melania
Trump yet to have an opinion?

Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer

22
20
24
31
4

45
4
17
31
3

6
36
28
27
2

20
16
24
35
5

Jul16a
12
14
16
54
4

Q6. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president?
Optimistic
Pessimistic
Don't know/No answer

56
39
5

87
11
2

32
62
5

56
37
7

Q7. What kind of president do you think Donald Trump will be - a very good president, a good president, an average
president, or a poor president?
Very good
Good
Average
Poor
Don't know/No answer

17
18
23
36
5

43
28
20
7
2

3
6
21
67
4

14
23
25
30
8

14
20
23
36
7

Q10. Do you think Donald Trump will or will not keep most of the promises he made during the presidential campaign?

Will keep
Will not keep
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
39
70
15
39
54
25
80
52
7
5
5
9

Q25. In general, do you think it is appropriate for presidents to appoint family members to senior White House
positions, or is it not appropriate?
Appropriate
Not appropriate
Don't know/No answer

26
70
4

48
47
4

13
86
2

22
72
6

Q13. Do you think Donald Trump has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

55
43
2

86
13
*

30
69
1

57
40
3

Dec16a
%
60
37
2

Q14. Do you have confidence in Donald Trump's ability to deal wisely with an international crisis, or are you uneasy
about his approach?
Have confidence
Uneasy
Don't know/No answer

33
64
3

66
31
2

9
90
2

32
64
4

Q15. When Donald Trump becomes president, do you think he will be making decisions mostly to further the interests of
the American people, or mostly to further the interests of his family and businesses?
American people
Family and businesses
Both equally (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

49
46
1
4

81
16
1
2

19
75
*
5

53
42
2
3

50
44
2
4

Q16. When he is president, do you think Donald Trump will bring about real change in the way things are done in
Washington, or won't he do that?
Will
Will not
Don't know/No answer

59
37
5

84
13
3

37
56
7

62
35
4

62
32
6

Q17. Do you think Donald Trump’s presidency will bring different groups of Americans together, or do you think it will
divide them?

Bring together
Divide
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
34
62
11
36
61
32
87
57
5
7
2
7

Dec16a
%
37
58
5

Q18. For each of the following, please tell me whether Donald Trump’s policies will mostly help that group, mostly hurt
that group, or have no effect on that group. How about…?
a.

Women

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer
b.

27
43
26
4

50
17
30
4

8
70
21
2

30
37
27
6

42
36
19
3

74
12
12
2

16
60
21
4

44
31
21
3

The middle class

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer

Q18. For each of the following, please tell me whether Donald Trump’s policies will mostly help that group, mostly hurt
that group, or have no effect on that group. How about…?
c.

The rich

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer
d.

65
5
27
3

48
3
45
3

81
4
14
1

62
7
27
4

72
7
17
3

69
7
22
2

78
8
12
1

69
7
18
5

Large corporations

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer

Q18. For each of the following, please tell me whether Donald Trump’s policies will mostly help that group, mostly hurt
that group, or have no effect on that group. How about…?
e.

Racial minorities

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer
f.

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
31
63
9
29
48
19
77
42
17
14
14
22
4
4
1
6

White Americans

Mostly help
Mostly hurt
No effect
Don't know/No answer

56
12
27
5

65
3
27
4

47
21
28
4

57
10
27
6

Q22. Do you think it is necessary for Donald Trump to publicly release his tax returns, or don't you think that is
necessary?

Necessary
Not necessary
Don't know/No answer

57
41
2

29
69
3

80
19
1

56
41
3

Dec16a
%
60
38
2

Q24. Donald Trump plans to step down from positions he holds at the Trump Organization and turn over operations to a
trust controlled by his adult sons, but does not plan to give up his ownership in the organization. Do you think these
steps are adequate to prevent any conflicts of interest Donald Trump may have during his presidency, or are these steps
not adequate to prevent conflicts of interest?
Adequate
Not adequate
No conflicts of interest (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

46
50
*
4

72
23
1
4

26
71
*
3

45
51
*
4

Q26a. Do you think Donald Trump will or will not keep a significant number of U.S. jobs from going overseas in the next
four years?
Yes, will
No, will not
Don't know/No answer

61
34
5

84
15
1

38
55
7

65
29
6

Q26b. Do you think Donald Trump will or will not defeat the Islamic militant group ISIS in the next four years?

Yes, will
No, will not
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
31
52
17
28
62
41
77
63
7
7
6
9

Q26c. Do you think Donald Trump will or will not get a wall built along the U.S.-Mexico border in the next four years?

Yes, will
No, will not
Don't know/No answer

35
60
4

52
45
3

23
71
5

35
61
4

Q26d. Do you think Donald Trump will or will not get big money out of politics in the next four years?
Yes, will
No, will not
Don't know/No answer

45
48
7

34
55
11

49
45
6

48
46
6

Q30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Approve
Disapprove
Don't know/No answer

24
71
6

24
72
4

23
72
6

24
69
7

Oct16e
%
15
76
8

Q38. Which do you think the Democrats in Congress should do? Try to work with Donald Trump and the Republicans in
order to get things done, or stick to their positions even if it means not getting as much done?
Try to work with the Republicans
Stick to their positions
Depends (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

80
16
1
2

92
6
1
1

67
28
2
3

84
12
1
3

Q39. Who do you think will have more influence on what gets done in Washington in the next four years –Donald Trump
or Republicans in Congress?
Donald Trump
Republicans in Congress
Both (vol.)
Neither (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

29
62
3
1
5

39
51
8
2

20
72
1
3
4

30
60
2
1
6

Q44. From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010? IF
APPROVE: Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve? IF DISAPPROVE: Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly
disapprove?

Strongly approve
Somewhat approve
Somewhat disapprove
Strongly disapprove
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
24
7
44
18
24
10
35
24
15
19
8
19
32
61
8
33
5
3
4
6

Dec16a
%
24
21
13
37
5

Q45. Which comes closest to your view about the 2010 Health Care Law? The law is working well and should be kept in
place as is, there are some good things in the law, but some changes are needed to make it work better, the law has so
much wrong with it that it needs to be repealed entirely?
Working well and kept in place
Good things, but changes needed
Needs to be repealed entirely
Don't know/No answer

10
66
22
2

3
53
41
2

16
75
7
2

8
66
23
3

9
63
25
2

Q46. Do you think the 2010 health care law should be repealed immediately even if Congress hasn’t agreed on a new
law to replace it, or do you think the 2010 health care law should be repealed only after Congress has agreed on a new
health care law to replace it?
****IF ANSWERED YES TO REPEAL ENTIRELY****
%
Repeal immediately w/o replacement
47
Repeal only if replacement
50
Don't know/No answer
3
Q47. If the 2010 health care law is repealed before a replacement has been passed by Congress, how concerned would
you be, if at all, that individuals currently covered by the law would not have health insurance– very concerned,
somewhat concerned, not very concerned or not at all concerned?

Very concerned
Somewhat concerned
Not very concerned
Not at all concerned
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
59
36
83
54
24
39
12
26
8
12
3
10
7
13
2
8
1
1
*
2

Q48. Which comes closest to your view about ILLEGAL immigrants who are living in the U.S.? 1. They should be allowed
to stay in the U.S and eventually apply for citizenship, 2. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, but not be
allowed to apply for citizenship OR 3. They should be required to leave the U.S.

Stay and apply
Stay but not apply
Required to leave
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
61
44
74
61
13
14
12
14
22
37
11
21
4
5
3
4

Oct16a
%
59
12
28
2

Q49. Would you favor or oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?
Favor
Oppose
Don't know/No answer

37
59
3

65
32
2

18
79
3

36
60
4

34
61
5

Q50. If a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is built who do you think will ultimately pay for it – the United States or
Mexico?
The United States
Mexico
Both
Don't know/No answer

79
14
4
3

60
28
9
4

91
6
2
2

80
13
4
3

Q51. Which of these comes closest to your view? 1. Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. 2.
Abortion should be available but under stricter limits than it is now. OR 3. Abortion should not be permitted.
Generally available
Available but under limits
Should not be permitted
Don't know/No answer

37
35
25
3

19
42
37
2

53
30
15
2

35
35
27
4

Q55. Do you plan to watch the inauguration of Donald Trump as president on Friday afternoon, January 20th, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

49
48
3

Total Respondents

Unweighted
1,257

Republicans
Democrats
Independents

339
437
481

70
28
1

36
59
5

45
52
3

Weighted

317
416
524