Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide believe President Trump should give his State of the Union Address as scheduled even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked him Trump to postpone or cancel the speech because of the government shutdown. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 31% disagree and 15% are not sure.
Of those who think he should give the speech, 53% believe he should do so in the White House, 31% say he should go to the Senate chamber, and 13% favor the speech being given at a rally of the president’s supporters.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans believe the president should give his speech on time. Democrats, by a 57% to 28% margin, agree with Pelosi and want the speech postponed. Among Independent voters, 55% believe the speech should be given on time and 24% want it postponed or cancelled (see crosstab results).
Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters believe Speaker Pelosi’s cancellation request was given for partisan political reasons. Just 24% believe it was issued due to legitimate security concerns. Within the Democratic party, 40% believe the Speaker acted on legitimate security concerns while 32% think partisan politics was the motivation.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 17-18, 2019 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.
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