A solid majority of voters support President Trump's outreach to Democrats to make deals he can't with Republicans, according to a new survey that endorses his new relationship with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, even 51 percent of Republican voters and self-described conservatives support the president's actions.
The survey is more bad news for Republicans because it shows GOP voters eagerly endorsing Trump's decision to abandon his party. And it shows that voters have little faith in their House and Senate leaders to help the president.
Trump has spent the summer reaching out to outside groups as he began building a new coalition to help him win passage of immigration and tax reform. His top lobbyist on Tuesday said that the president won't again rely on GOP promises to come through for him, then fail to, as they did on the recent vote to kill Obamacare.
Rasmussen question 1: Should President Trump continue to rely on congressional Republicans to pass his agenda, or should he reach out more to Democrats in Congress for help?
- Overall: 65 percent said reach out
- 19 percent said rely only on Republicans.
Rasmussen question 2: Is it good or bad for the country if President Trump works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda if Republicans in Congress fail to act?
- Overall: 66 percent said it is good for the country.
- 13 percent said it was bad.
- 72 percent of Republicans said it was good.
- 62 percent of Democrats said it was good.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org