58% Favor Criminal Justice Reform Law, Just 16% Opposed

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide favor the criminal justice reform act signed by President Trump last Friday. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 16% are opposed and 26% are not sure.

One unusual aspect of the support is that there is no significant racial divide on the measure. Additionally, the partisan divide is modest. The measure is supported by 68% of Republicans, 57% of Democrats, and 48% of Independents (see crosstab results).

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters were aware that President Trump supported the legislation. Just 7% mistakenly believe he opposed it while 30% were not sure.

However, there is evidence suggesting that people weren’t paying all that much attention. Only 19% said they were following news about the legislation Very Closely. Additionally, just 39% are aware that the reform measure was passed by a wide margin with bi-partisan support. Twenty-three percent (23%) incorrectly believe it passed with a close vote along partisan lines.

On another significant policy development this past week, 42% of voters nationwide favor President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are opposed and 20% are not sure.

Every day, ScottRasmussen.com presents new public opinion data relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 23-24, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). 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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