Reported by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 29 Jan 2018 at 7:33 AM
Voters want President Donald Trump to talk to the nation Tuesday night about improving the economy and health care system, creating jobs, and fighting terrorism during his first State of the Union address, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Sunday.
Fifty-nine percent of American voters said it is “very important” for the president to discuss his plan to improve the health care system, while 58 percent said the same of boosting the economy. Roughly 23 percent of voters said it was “somewhat important” for Trump to address both health care and the economy.
“Our polling reveals fixing health care reform has become even more of a priority for voters since President [Barack] Obama’s final State of the Union address,” said Kyle Dropp, co-founder and chief research officer at Morning Consult, as Politico reported.
“Notably, 76 percent of voters said it was important for President Obama to discuss improving the health care system during his final State of the Union address in 2016, compared with 82 percent who say the same about President Trump’s address today,” Dropp added.
Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to tout the booming economy ahead of his address.
“Our economy is better than it has been in many decades. Businesses are coming back to America like never before. Chrysler, as an example, is leaving Mexico and coming back to the USA. Unemployment is nearing record lows. We are on the right track!” Trump tweeted.
Fifty-four percent of voters believe it is “very important for Trump to address the ongoing fight against terrorism, while 23 percent think it is “somewhat important” he do so. Fifty-five percent and 23 percent of voters believe it is “very important” and “somewhat important” that the president discuss how he will provide both direction and leadership for the country.
As Congress struggles to reach an immigration reform compromise, 40 percent and 26 percent of American voters believe it is “very important” or “somewhat important,” respectively, that Trump discuss his plans to reduce illegal immigration during the State of the Union address.
Only 27 percent and 28 percent of voters think it’s “very important” and “somewhat important,” respectively, for Trump to talk about reducing global poverty levels during his address, while just 30 percent and 27 percent say the same about combating climate change.
The poll surveyed 1,994 registered U.S. voters. Thirty-six percent of the respondents identified as Democrats, 33 percent identified as Republicans, and 31 percent said they were independents.
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