Harvard CAPS Inaugural Poll Reveals What the American Public Wants the New President and the New Congress to Address
November 29, 2016
Harvard University’s Center for American Politics (CAPS) launches a monthly poll series with its first post election survey. The inaugural CAPS poll, conducted November 18-21, 2016, examines public attitudes about on wide range of issues facing the new Administration and the new Congress, including immigration, trade, taxes, health care, job creation, crime, family leave, lobbying reform, and building America’s infrastructure. Professor Stephen Ansolabehere is the Principal Investigator of the survey. The survey is conducted by National Research Group and is nationally representative sample of 2,200 American adults.
The survey shows that overwhelming Americans support for building infrastructure (78%), cutting individual income taxes (75%), getting NATO members to pay their fair share (65%), enacting new lobbying restrictions (62%), and expanding family leave (62%). The poll shows much lower levels of support for cutting corporate taxes (35%), allowing police to stop and frisk (38%), making Mexico pay for a wall (39%), stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (40%), and undoing the Iran Deal (43%). Donald Trump begins the transition to the presidency with an approval rating of 43 percent and a disapproval rating of 49 percent.