When Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his support for Donald Trump in early June, he expressed confidence that Trump would advance Republican priorities.
“On the issues that make up our agenda,” Ryan wrote, “we have more common ground than disagreement.”
For better or worse, however, the Republican rank and file sees Trump advancing a unique agenda.
In SurveyMonkey’s latest Election Tracking poll, only a third (34%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agree that Trump “wants to accomplish the same things as most Republicans.” Nearly two-thirds (63%) say Trump “wants to accomplish very different things than most Republicans.”
Whether that difference is good or bad may be in the eye of the beholder. Republicans who have a favorable impression of Trump are nearly as likely to judge his agenda as “different” than Republicans who rate him unfavorably (63% compared to 70%).
Trump remains more popular among Republicans nationwide. His favorable rating among Republicans identifiers and leaners (70% favorable, 29 unfavorable) is better than Ryan’s (67% favorable, 31% unfavorable), though Ryan’s numbers have improved since May (up from 59% favorable, 39% unfavorable).
The Democratic primaries conclude that…
As the Democratic primaries wind to a conclusion, Hillary Clinton has surged to her highest standing yet among Democrats, no doubt due to her having attained “presumptive nominee” status with commitments from a majority of Democratic delegates.
Clinton now wins the support of 58% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents nationwide, up 5% points from last week and by far her best performance against Sanders to date. Support for Sanders has fallen to just 36% of Democrats and Democratic leaners, his worst showing since early January.
Democrats are more closely divided on whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Slightly more than half (52%) say Sanders should drop out of the race now, while nearly as many (47%) want to see Sanders remain in the presidential race through the Democratic convention.
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