Polls - Dec 24th

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President Donald Trump leaves the White House next month with the country more sharply divided than when he moved in and amid caustic assessments of his record in office, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.

Fifty percent of Americans now predict history will judge him as a "failed" president.

The survey, taken in the waning weeks of his administration, shows the risks of actions he is contemplating on his way out the door. Americans overwhelmingly say issuing a preemptive pardon for himself would be an abuse of presidential power, and an even bigger majority, including most Republicans, say he should attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration to demonstrate the peaceful transfer of power.

Trump hasn't announced whether he will attend the inauguration Jan. 20, and White House officials say he has been weighing pardons for himself and family members. On Tuesday, he issued 20 politically charged pardons and commutations, with more expected to follow. Much of his energy since the Nov. 3 election has been spent seeking ways to overturn the results, making allegations of widespread fraud.

Nearly 60 percent of the country thinks poorly of Progressive darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and 75 percent want nothing to do with the socialism she preaches.

Asked whether the free-market economy or socialism was better, 75 percent of likely voters chose capitalism, while 11 percent backed socialism, according to a Heartland Institute/Rasmussen poll.

Another 14 percent said they were “not sure.”

“Likely voters hate socialism,” the pollster said.

“Despite the countless calls for more socialism among elites in media and Hollywood, Americans aren’t interested in adopting the same socialist policies that have led to mass poverty wherever they have been tried,” the Illinois-based nonprofit said in a statement released Wednesday, the Washington Times reported.

As for Ocasio-Cortez, who has become the face of socialism in Congress, 58 percent say they have a “somewhat” or “very” unfavorable opinion of the New York Democrat, while 37 percent have a “very” or “somewhat” favorable view of her.

When President-elect Joe Biden takes office, one of the actions he’s committed to implementing in his first 100 days is a federal mask mandate, which would require people to wear face masks in federal buildings and on interstate transportation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to a new poll from Vox and Data for Progress, most Americans are on board with that plan, with 69 percent of likely voters saying they support this policy.

This backing mirrors support for mask usage overall, with 72 percent of people polled agreeing that masks should be required in all public places and 66 percent saying they should be required to be worn around anyone outside of the household. Both statements garnered support from the majority of people in both parties, though a smaller proportion of Republicans agreed with them.

Biden’s mask mandate would apply to federal public locations such as post offices, courthouses, and trains, while states would be able to impose their own rules elsewhere. The mandate follows guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages people to wear face masks in order to reduce the spread of droplets that can transmit the coronavirus when people speak, cough, and sneeze.

As part of his coronavirus plan, Biden has also said he’s focused on making sure most schools have the resources needed to reopen safely within his first 100 days. And currently, there is a slight split on when people think schools should reopen: 27 percent of poll respondents think they should be open now; 35 percent think they should open when they have the funding needed to implement protections and do it safely; and 32 percent think they should open when the vaccine is widely distributed.

A new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows that a majority of Americans want Nancy Pelosi to be replaced as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The poll asked voters whether Democrats should keep Pelosi as House speaker and whether Republicans should keep Kevin McCarthy as House minority leader. Overall, 56% of voters said Democrats should replace Pelosi and 40% of voters said Republicans should replace McCarthy.

Each party was more favorable toward their own leader than the overall voting population, according to the poll. Only 33% of Democrats thought Pelosi should be replaced and only 28% of Republicans thought McCarthy should be replaced. (RELATED: Top Senate Dem Slams Pelosi Over Delays On COVID-19 Relief Deal)

The poll comes just days after Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared that her party needs new leadership. Pelosi had faced criticism from some of her fellow Democrats after the 2020 elections led to a much slimmer House majority, but she was ultimately reelected as Speaker.

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