Americans have little confidence in political leaders in each party: poll

January 28, 2019

After a month-long government shutdown, a new pollshows that Americans have little confidence in government leaders.

According to data from the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, Americans have little faith in both Democrats and Republicans.

Only 35 percent of adults said they were confident that President Trump could make the right decisions for America. However, only 30 percent felt the same about Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Similarly, congressional Democrats and Republicans had confidence ratings in the low thirties.

Although the president had slightly more support than other leaders, he also had the most intense lack of confidence. Nearly 50 percent said they had no confidence in him “at all,” compared to 37 percent for Mrs. Pelosi.

The data doesn’t bode well for any group, particularly the president, now halfway through his first term, or Democrats, who just retook power in the House in January.

The survey was conducted in the days leading up to the deal that reopened the government for three-weeks while Democrats and Republicans convene to negotiate on Homeland Security funding for a border wall and security. Although the shutdown is temporarily over, the threat of another shutdown still looms.

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