A narrow majority of voters oppose President Donald Trump’s declaring a national emergency to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and just over half say circumventing a Congress that won’t provide the money would be an abuse of power, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Only 36 percent of voters say they support Trump’s re-allocating money to pay for the border wall through a national emergency, while 51 percent oppose such a declaration. Twice as many voters strongly oppose a national emergency, 41 percent, as strongly support it, 20 percent. And, as with much of the fight that has resulted in a government shutdown lasting more than three weeks, Trump has the support of the vast majority of Republican voters, 72 percent, but very few voters outside his political base.
Trump took his case for a border wall to the American people last week, delivering his first prime-time, Oval Office address in his two-year-old presidency. But the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll suggests that the president’s speech didn’t move the needle.
Nearly half of voters, 49 percent, say Trump is mostly to blame for the shutdown, up slightly from 47 percent last week, before the speech. Only a third, 33 percent, blame Democrats in Congress, and 5 percent blame congressional Republicans — both identical to last week’s poll.
That is consistent with other polls that show Trump and the GOP taking the lion’s share of the blame for the protracted shutdown. In recent surveys from Quinnipiac University, ABC News/Washington Post, CBS News and the Huffington Post, majorities of respondents have pinned responsibility on Trump and Republicans, while far fewer blame Democrats.