Americans agree: up with infrastructure spending, paid family leave, ACA; down with the wall

    Listen
     President Donald Trump smiles as he meets with reporters on Air Force One while in flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Palm Beach International Airport, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

    President Donald Trump smiles as he meets with reporters on Air Force One while in flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Palm Beach International Airport, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    President Donald Trump has made a raft of new policy proposals — some have taken effect, some are in legal limbo and others have yet to be effectuated.

    We just tested Americans’ specific views of 15 of them. Only four of the 15 proposals get majority net agreement. Notable among these are spending $1 trillion on infrastructure.  Americans taken as a whole also like paid family leave.

    Americans are significantly net negative about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico — the lowest rated of any of the 15 proposals.

    And meanwhile, for the first time in Gallup’s history of tracking it —  a clear majority say that they approve of the ACA.

    It used to be that Republicans were recalcitrant in going along with Obama and the Democrats in general, holding out even when it shut down the government. Now the Democrats in Congress have to decide how much they are willing to compromise and go along with Trump instead of holding out on principle.

    We have new data showing just what rank and file Democrats and Americans think they should do.

    The majority of workers nationwide say that there is more discussion of politics over the past four months in their place of employment than there was previously, and although the majority say it’s neither good nor bad, those with an opinion say it’s making their workplace situation worse rather than better.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.