Survey: U.S. voters’ doubts rose about U.S. president

President Donald Trump was under water, again, in the latest Politico / Morning Consult opinion survey released Wednesday morning.

He was at 50 percent disapproval and 42 percent approval. That was the widest gap since at least March for the president.

The poll looked at opinions of 2,001 registered voters May 12-14. The potential margin of error was 2 percentage points.

Somewhat related, the poll found that 27 percent of registered voters supported an investigation of U.S.-Russia ties as the top choice among more than half of a dozen possibilities. That made the U.S.-Russia investigation the No. 1 issue.

The rest of those results showed:

21 percent wanted repealing and replacing Obamacare;

14 percent wanted tax reform;

13 percent chose reforming entitlements, such as Medicaid;

11 percent picked an increase in infrastructure spending; and

6 percent want the wall between the United States and Mexico.

Regarding the American healthcare act that Republicans recently succeeded in getting through the U.S. House of Representatives on their second try, it too is under water. The survey found 38 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove.

Within those numbers is a subset that might offer an explanation for why disapproval runs so strong. It deals with expansion of Medicaid eligibility so more working adults receive government-subsidized health care. A South Dakota panel appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard continues to study expansion, but the governor, a Republican, and the Republican-majorities Senate and House won’t consider expansion unless it can pay its way.

The survey found 46 percent want Medicaid expansion to continue, while 32 percent want a roll-back.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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