Most Republicans continue to identify a lot more with President Trump than with the GOP Congress, while Democrats still strongly agree with their congressional representatives. But nearly one-in-five Democrats are now more likely to agree with Trump.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% of all Likely U.S. Voters think Trump’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. Forty-two percent (42%) say their views are more in sync with the average Democratic member of Congress. Just 11% say that of congressional Republicans. Another 11% are not sure. This marks little change from January. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Looking closer, we see that 61% of Likely Republican Voters think Trump’s views are closer to their own. Twenty percent (20%) identify more with the average Republican member of Congress, while nine percent (9%) feel closest to the average Democrat.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats say the views of the average Democrat in Congress are more like theirs. But 17% of voters in the opposition party say they think more like Trump, up from 12% at the start of the year. Unaffiliated voters are by far the most likely to be undecided.
Among all voters, 36% say it’s more important for the president to try to keep other elected Republicans on his side. Twenty-six percent (26%) place more importance on Trump pursuing his own agenda. This compares to 40% and 31% respectively in July of last year. A whopping 38% are now undecided.