Jobs, parental leave top the list of American priorities

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     Workers protesting in Philadelphia, September 2014. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks, file)

    Workers protesting in Philadelphia, September 2014. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks, file)

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

    If President Donald Trump’s tax reform proposal cuts taxes on middle and lower class, Americans would be very supportive, but efforts to cut corporate taxes are among the least popular things he could do.

    We tested the public’s rating of Trump on six economic dimensions after his first 100 days. He scores best on keeping manufacturing plants in this country, and worst on tax reform. Between 25 and 40 percent of Americans say it’s too early to rate Trump on these dimensions.

    Americans’ stated confidence in Trump to make the right decisions on the economy is lower than the same confidence in Obama in April 2009 or Bush in April 2001 after they were first elected.

    Overall, if Trump wants to be in sync with Americans’ priorities, he would provide for parental leave, push any and all specific programs that result in more jobs for Americans, spend huge amounts on infrastructure, do anything to help small businesses, do anything to help veterans, reduce taxes on lower and middle income people.

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