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Most voters don’t want emergency declaration or shutdown over wall funding: poll

January 30, 2019

A majority of voters don’t want another government shutdown or a national emergency declaration over a border wall, including more than one in five Republicans, according to a new national poll released Wednesday.

The Morning Consult/Politico survey found that 53 percent of respondents are opposed to either a shutdown or a declaration by President Trump of a national emergency on the southern border. In the poll, 24 percent of all voters favor a national emergency declaration, and only 9 percent support another shutdown over border-wall funding.

Mr. Trump told congressional negotiators Wednesday they will be “wasting their time” if their talks don’t include a wall or other type of barrier. They face a Feb. 15 deadline.

The survey found that 85 percent of Democrats oppose a shutdown or emergency declaration, 54 percent of independents oppose both options and 22 percent of Republicans also are opposed. Among the GOP, 47 percent favor an emergency declaration by the president, and 20 percent favor another shutdown.

Sixty-four percent of GOP voters said it’s unlikely Congress will provide full funding for a border barrier, up 10 points since December.

The survey also found that Mr. Trump’s base is sticking with him, despite frustration that he signed legislation ending the 35-day government shutdown without securing wall funding. The president’s job approval rating among the GOP in the poll was 81 percent, unchanged from a pre-shutdown survey, with 51 percent still strongly approving.

The president’s decision to end the shutdown without wall funding left some Republican voters feeling either frustrated (34 percent), angry (5 percent) or sad (5 percent).

But Mr. Trump’s overall approval rating among the broader electorate was 13 points underwater in January, tied for the worst of his presidency, “driven by sharper negative views among independents and Democrats,” the poll said.

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