47% Say Schumer & Pelosi Outdid Trump in Oval Office Debate

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans say presumptive new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did a better job in their on-camera argument with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 42% say President Trump did the better job.

Naturally, party identification played a major role in how voters saw the confrontation. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republican voters say President Trump did a better job while 80% of Democrats say Pelosi and Schumer got the better of the president (see crosstab results).

As for the issues at the heart of the debate, 65% of voters are more worried about a partial government shutdown than failure to fully fund border security. Thirty-five percent (35%) take the opposite view.

Many voters, however, have misconceptions among about what would happen during a “government shutdown.”  Forty-two percent (42%) of voters mistakenly believe a shutdown would close the federal government and put essential services like Social Security and Medicare at risk. That’s compared to 58% of Americans who correctly say a shutdown would idle some federal workers and not put essential services at risk.

Still, even among those who correctly understand the limited nature of a shutdown, most (58%) still are more worried about a shutdown than the failure to fully fund border security.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters say President Trump will bear the most responsibility for a shutdown, compared to just 17% who say Congressional Democrats will take most of the blame. Thirty-six percent (36%) say all sides will be seen as equally responsible.

Polling has shown consistently that public support is higher for border security in general than it is for a wall specifically. In fact, when asked what they would like to see in a comprehensive immigration reform plan, a majority of voters supported many border security items such as  “increasing the number of Border Patrol agents” and  “creating strict punishments for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.” Most also support “cutting off federal funding for cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials” and “having the U.S. military defend the southern border of the U.S.” However, fewer than half support building a wall along the Mexican border.

Eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is generally good for the United States. At the same time, however, eight-out-of-ten voters believe illegal immigration is generally bad for the nation.

All data presented by ScottRasmussen.com is to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us). Receive the latest insights each day by signing up for Scott Rasmussen’s Morning Update.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 13-14, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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