A surprisingly low 40 percent of voters agree Republican President-elect Donald Trump has a mandate to enact policies he ran on during the 2016 presidential election, according to a CNN/ORC poll published Sunday.
The majority instead reported they felt Trump’s deficit with the popular vote means he should reach out to those who voted for other candidates, particularly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Fifty-three percent of voters said Trump should reach out to other voters. Seven percent of respondents reported they had no opinion on the matter.
The 53 percent number is lower than the percentage for the same question in 2008, when President Barack Obama came to the White House. Then, 74 percent of Democrats reported they would support Obama pursuing some Republican policies in 2008. Only 55 percent of Republicans would support Trump pursuing some Democratic policies today, according to CNN.
Additionally, 51 percent of registered voters reported they would support an amendment to the Constitution that would allow a candidate to win the office of president based on the popular vote. Forty-four percent of respondents said they preferred to keep the current Electoral College system. Three percent had no opinion for the question.
The vast majority of voters agreed that the country was more divided than it has been in the past several years, with 85 percent of respondents selecting that option. Only 14 percent of voters reported they didn’t view the country as more deeply divided. One percent of respondents didn’t have an opinion.
The CNN/ORC poll surveyed 1,003 registered voters from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20. The survey carried a margin of error of 3 percentage points in either direction.
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