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Trump voters are different from traditional conservatives. They favor spending.

New York Times

http://nyti.ms/2hWDjuS

 

Trump Voters Support Climate Action, Environmental Protection, And Renewable Energy

Fast Company

http://bit.ly/2k4onP7

 

Poll: Trump voters more supportive of federal spending than other conservatives

The Hill

http://bit.ly/2h7tfkq

 

Poll: 49 percent of Trump voters believe it should be easier to sue the media

POLITICO

http://politi.co/2hR29z0

 

POLL: TRUMP VOTERS BACK CLIMATE ACTION

POLITICO Morning Tech

http://politi.co/2kkazgy

 

Hill Briefs: ACA Math Not Adding Up; Puerto Rico Tax Breaks

Bloomberg BNA

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WARNING: Abortion’s Deadly DIY Past Could Soon Become Its Future

New York Magazine

http://thecut.io/2jqALFc

 

Poll: Women Should Be Punished for Abortions, Say 39 Percent of Trump Voters

Slate

http://slate.me/2hF2T9N

 

“Drain the swamp” — of all those P.C. liberals! Turns out Trumpers don’t care about lobbyists or plutocrats

Salon

http://bit.ly/2hUOk2E

 

Poll Suggests 49% of Trump Voters Think it Should Be Easier to Sue the Media

Mediaite

http://bit.ly/2hFcy0q

 

40% Of Trump Supporters Think Women Should Be Punished For Having An Abortion

Refinery 29

http://r29.co/2hnTDUM

 

39 percent of Trump voters think women who seek abortions should be punished: poll

Raw Story

http://bit.ly/2ktG4nN

 

Even Trump voters oppose Trump’s climate agenda

Grist

http://bit.ly/2kkdaaD

 

Trump Voters Break With Traditional Conservatives On Federal Spending

RTT News

http://bit.ly/2hXkXdh

 

Trump supporters favor maintaining climate policy — poll

E&E News

http://bit.ly/2icHdin

 

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Trump voters are different from traditional conservatives. They favor spending.

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html

A new poll of 2,000 self-identified Trump voters shows a distinct split between supporters of the president-elect and traditional small-government conservatives who have been the mainstay of the Republican Party.

The poll, by Morning Consult and the Glover Park Group, a Washington lobbying firm, seems to confirm that Mr. Trump’s supporters are “big government” conservatives, broadly supporting government spending on programs that they perceive either benefit them, create jobs or pursue policies that they favor. That differs from other conservatives who largely see federal government programs as ineffective and favor lower taxes and moving authority to state and local governments.

Those surveyed:

  • Want to increase spending on immigration enforcement, the military, homeland security, infrastructure and Social Security.
  • Believe spending levels should be maintained for internet and wireless networks, oil and gas exploration, scientific and medical research, environmental protection and conservation, Medicare and Medicaid, education, renewable energy, farm subsidies and, to a smaller degree, health care.
  • Want to decrease spending in only two areas: foreign aid and welfare.

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Trump Voters Support Climate Action, Environmental Protection, And Renewable Energy

Fast Company

Adele Peters

https://www.fastcoexist.com/3066783/trump-voters-support-climate-action-environmental-protection-and-renewable-energy

Trump might want to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement and says that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real. But more than half of the people who voted for him want to keep current climate policies in place—and 30% think the government should be doing more.

In a new survey of 2,000 Trump voters, the majority showed clearer support for climate action than the president-elect: 61% think that the government should require companies to reduce emissions, and 64% think that the budget for environmental protection should either stay the same or increase.

While Trump promised to reduce environmental regulations during his campaign, 84% of Trump voters want either the same amount or more regulations on drinking water; 78% want the same amount or more regulations on air pollution.

In another recent survey of Trump supporters, around three-quarters of voters want to see continued (or more) federal support for renewable energy. The majority also want to see the same amount or more regulations on oil and gas companies.

Some results were more in line with Trump’s rhetoric: The majority of his supporters want to see Obamacare scaled back or repealed (though nearly one-third think that the government should ensure everyone has access to health care).

It’s not yet clear how much Trump will listen to the people who voted for him, but their opinions may influence Congress.

“What remains to be seen is what people do with this information, and which of these topics wind up becoming issues that find their way into the debate next year,” says Catharine Ransom, managing director at the Glover Park Group, which ran the poll with Morning Consult.

“There may be advocates in any number of these spaces who take a look at these results and make plans for next year. I think it’s a little bit early to say exactly what impact this polls and others will have on the policy environment, but it’s certainly a great baseline to start thinking about what might be possible next year.”

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Poll: Trump voters more supportive of federal spending than other conservatives

The Hill

Nikita Vladimirov

12.20.16

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/311168-poll-trump-voters-are-more-supportive-of-government-growth-that

A new nationwide poll released on Tuesday found that Trump voters are more supportive of federal government growth and spending in some areas than traditional conservatives.

According to a new Glover Park Group (GPG) poll conducted by Morning Consult, a majority Trump voters said that they believe in keeping the power of numerous federal agencies, including Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

“This poll shows that the coalition that supported President-elect Trump values and has distinct priorities for the role of government, and isn’t making the same demands as traditional conservatives for across-the-board cuts,” said the Senior Vice President of Research at GPG, Katie Cissel.

The poll found that Trump voters also support increases in government spending on immigration enforcement, the military, homeland security, infrastructure and Social Security, while supporting decreases in foreign aid and welfare.

“The greatest support comes for increases in spending on immigration enforcement and the military, but they also express support for maintaining the spending levels of the current administration in the environment, healthcare and public education,” Cissel noted.

A majority of Trump voters, 53 percent, also expressed support for his proposed $1 trillion investment in infrastructure, with 20 percent saying that the sum is too large and 11 percent stating that it is too low.

Trump voters also expressed wide-ranging support for various environmental protection policies. The poll found that 76 percent support forcing manufacturers to produce more energy efficient appliances, 84 percent are in favor of drinking water regulations, 78 percent are supportive of air pollution restrictions and 61 percent are in favor of mandatory carbon emissions regulations for businesses.

The Energy Information Administration projects that by 2040, the U.S. will require 22 percent more electricity.

The poll also found that 55 percent of Trump voters support maintaining current climate change policies, while 54 percent also believe that US should be more open to exploring fossil fuels on public lands.

The GPG/Morning Consult poll surveyed a pool of 2,000 self-identified Trump voters across the country from Dec. 11-13. The credibility interval is 2.2 percent.

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Poll: 49 percent of Trump voters believe it should be easier to sue the media

POLITICO

Kelsey Sutton

12/20/16

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/12/49-percent-of-trump-supporters-make-it-easier-to-sue-the-media-232850

Around half of self-identified Donald Trump voters said in a survey this week that courts should make it easier for public figures to sue the media.

In the Glover Park Group poll, conducted by Morning Consult, 49 percent of respondents said that courts should make it easier for public figures to sue the news media for unfavorable or false coverage. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they were opposed to the idea, and 22 percent said they were unsure.

When asked about federal spending on public media, 38 percent of respondents said that the current amount should be cut, while 30 percent of respondents said federal spending for public media should remain the same. Twenty-three percent said it should increase, and 8 percent said they were unsure.

The survey, results of which can be seen here, asked 2,000 self-identified Trump voters to discuss their policy views on a range of issues, including views on the news media.

Trump said during his presidential campaign that he would like to “open up” libel laws to make it easier to sue the news media. Since then, some of his surrogates and supporters have made similar remarks, including saying that the editor of the New York Times should be jailed for reporting on Trump’s tax returns. Trump’s campaign banned around a dozen news outlets from attending campaign events throughout the campaign, and his attitude toward the press has alarmed some free-press advocates.

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POLL: TRUMP VOTERS BACK CLIMATE ACTION

POLITICO Morning Tech

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-energy/2016/12/offshore-drilling-bans-fate-may-rest-with-courts-217982

A poll released Tuesday by the Glover Park Group and Morning Consult found 55 percent of Trump voters support upholding current policies to combat climate change and 61 percent think the government should require companies to slash carbon emissions. More than half (54 percent) would like additional fossil fuel development on public lands, while 76 percent support requiring more energy efficient appliances. “Contrary to campaign rhetoric and the Republican platform — the ‘Trump voter’ is not monolithic,” Catharine Ransom, Glover Park Group managing director, said in a statement.

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Hill Briefs: ACA Math Not Adding Up; Puerto Rico Tax Breaks

Bloomberg BNA

 

Trump Voter Attitudes

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are more interested in individual tax cuts than rate reductions for corporations, according to a Glover Park Group poll conducted by Morning Consult.

Nearly three-quarters of Trump voters—72 percent—said that reducing individual taxes would have a positive impact on the economy, according to the poll released Dec. 20. However, 49 percent said that corporate tax rate reductions would lead to economic growth.

About 55 percent of voters said reducing corporate and individual rates would benefit the economy. Trump has proposed cutting corporate rates from 35 percent to 15 percent. His plan also includes lowering the top rate for individuals from 39.6 percent to 33 percent.

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WARNING: Abortion’s Deadly DIY Past Could Soon Become Its Future

New York Magazine

Rebecca Traister

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/reproductive-rights-abortion-access-in-america.html

Pulls from text:

“The idea of criminally charging and imprisoning women who attempt illegal abortions used to be unheard of in anti-abortion rhetoric — it was all about punishing the doctors and protecting the women. But in December, a poll was released showing that 39 percent of Trump’s supporters thought women seeking abortions should be subject to punishment….”

“…But many of these are small fixes, Band-Aids on a serious wound. “Inarguably, we’re still playing checkers while they’re playing chess,” says NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue. “And that’s not because they’re smarter than us or more sophisticated; in fact almost exactly the opposite. We’re still focused on policy and data and how many women will be restricted and how to get enough money to get women to safe states. And that’s all really important. But I’m looking at a poll today that says that 40 percent of Trump supporters think that women should be punished. We’re still operating in the world of the intellect, and they’re going for the visceral. And we’re living in visceral times.”

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Poll: Women Should Be Punished for Abortions, Say 39 Percent of Trump Voters

Slate

Christina Cauterucci

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/12/20/poll_women_should_be_punished_for_abortions_say_39_percent_of_trump_voters.html

In an online survey, 39 percent of 2,000 self-identified Donald Trump voters reported that they thought women should be punished for seeking abortions if the procedure is ever banned in the U.S. A full 60 percent of those polled said abortion should be illegal; 18 percent of all the poll’s Trump voters said it should be illegal without exceptions for rape, incest, or to save a pregnant woman’s life.

The poll, conducted by the Glover Park Group and Morning Consult earlier this month, indicates that a large chunk of Trump voters may take a harder-line stance on legal abortion than the mainstream anti-abortion movement would have laypeople believe.

During his presidential campaign, Trump said that there should be “some form of punishment” for women who obtain an abortion in his ideal America, where abortion is outlawed. He quickly rolled back that statement after learning that most anti-abortion politicians and advocacy groups only publicly endorse punishments for abortion providers, not patients. (For some truly inscrutable reason, punishing women for seeking health care doesn’t play well with the electorate. Weird!) Trump contended that he had meant women who get abortions punish themselves.

But anything more than a cursory look at mainstream abortion policies in the U.S. will reveal and underlying ethos of punishment for women. Anti-choice legislators pass laws requiring women to listen to state-sponsored misinformation and wait days between requesting an abortion and getting one, revealing a fundamental mistrust of women’s capacity to make their own decisions. Laws in many states make women travel to clinics more than 100 miles away for multiple appointments, separated by days, costing them unnecessary time and money. Restrictions on when women can get abortions force some women to carry to term fetuses with no chance of surviving outside the womb. Women are charged with felonies and incarcerated in the U.S. for trying to induce abortions on their own.

The co-sponsor of a recent Ohio bill that would have banned all abortions after six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant, said the bill would “give people the incentive to be more responsible so we reduce unwanted pregnancies.” Here’s another way to describe that incentive: forced birth as punishment.

It seems only logical that if abortion is truly a murderous crime, a woman who pays someone for that crime should be punished. That’s an understandably disturbing notion for many people, especially women, making it a politically unpopular position. So, anti-abortion legislators and activists try to obscure their logical inconsistency with paternalistic claims that women who seek abortions are “victims” of abortion providers. This gives me a warped, horrified measure of respect for a radical Florida group that’s trying to get abortion classified as first-degree murder, with the potential for jail time or even the death penalty for women and their doctors. If you’re going to try to convince one-issue abortion voters that the procedure is murder and it must be stopped at all costs, at least be honest about the sadistic end where that logic leads.

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“Drain the swamp” — of all those P.C. liberals! Turns out Trumpers don’t care about lobbyists or plutocrats

Salon

Amanda Marcotte

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/21/drain-the-swamp-of-all-those-p-c-liberals-turns-out-trumpers-dont-care-about-lobbyists-or-plutocrats/

New polling data suggests Trump supporters don’t know or care about economics, but yearn to fight the culture war

During the campaign, Donald Trump frequently promised that once in Washington he would “drain the swamp.” That phrase was generously interpreted by huge swaths of the news media to mean that Trump intended, in populist style, to reduce the influence of elite bankers and corporate lobbyists in politics. That, in turn, means that the president-elect has been accused of hypocrisy when he immediately turned around and started hiring a bunch of bankers and billionaires and other such swamp critters.

But there’s little evidence that Trump’s supporters ever thought he was talking about the influence of financial elites or big corporations when he swore to drain that swamp. On the contrary, they seem to be have understood it as reading it as an attack on liberalism and its defenders.

A new poll, conducted by the Glover Park Group and Morning Consult, was released on Tuesday that asked a series of far-ranging and in-depth questions of Trump supporters. What one finds, digging into the results, is that Trump’s base has no coherent ideology around economic issues like trade policy or financial regulation.

When it comes to hot-button issues around race, gender or general hatred of liberal ideas, that’s where you get a cohesive set of opinions from Trump voters. Needless to say, it’s not pretty.

For instance, here are the results of a poll question about regulation of financial industries, which was exactly the sort of thing that liberal audiences (and many mainstream journalists) thought Trump meant by “drain the swamp.”

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The survey also found that 46 percent of Trump voters support the Dodd-Frank law that regulates banks and financial institutions, while only 27 percent want to scale it back or repeal it. That is noteworthy because Trump and his team have repeatedly made it clear that getting rid of Dodd-Frank is a major priority.

So this poll data suggests that some Trump supporters favor increased financial regulation, some are against it and a whole bunch don’t know. Most importantly, opinions on financial regulation are not what holds Trump voters together as a voting bloc.

You get a similar mishmash of opinions on foreign trade, despite many well-meaning pundits assuring us that Trump’s periodic bashing of free trade was a major motivator for his voters.

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But when you get around to issues that have more culture-war salience, suddenly a coherent ideology emerges. For instance, 60 percent of Trump voters think that abortion should be banned, in contrast with the majority of Americans that believe it should be legal in most or all cases. A whopping 39 percent of Trump voters believe that women who get abortions should face legal punishment, an opinion that is otherwise so unpopular that even the anti-choice movement disavows it.

The survey didn’t touch on the issue of immigration much, though Trump campaigned heavily on it. The one question it did explore shows that, unlike with trade issues, Trump supporters have a strongly shared opinion on legal immigration — and that opinion is hostile.

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(It’s worth noting that Trump’s own wife, Melania Trump, worked in the United States with an H-1B visa. The fact that this doesn’t offend his supporters suggests that when they imagine H-1B visa recipients, they aren’t picturing white women from Eastern Europe.)

The results around healthcare are perhaps the most telling. Pollsters made a point of calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” and when they did so, they found widespread support for scaling back or repealing the law.

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When they asked Trump supporters about the healthcare law without using Barack Obama’s name, they got very different answers. Only 13 percent of Trump supporters opposed the ACA regulation requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Only 24 percent opposed the insurance subsidies. Only 17 percent opposed the regulation requiring preventive care to be covered without a copay.

But when asked if birth control should be covered as preventive care, the number of people in opposition doubled, to 35 percent. This result once again shows that culture-war issues — in this case, anger over women’s sexual liberation — are driving Trumpism.

These results suggest that the problem with Obamacare is not the “care” part, but the “Obama” part. It’s also important to remember that the ACA has been demonized for years by the right-wing media, which depicts it as a massive wealth transfer from middle-class white Americans to the supposedly undeserving poor. But removing these culture-war markers from the ACA discussion strikingly reduces the amount of opposition from Trump voters.

That’s why it’s important, especially for journalists, not to assume that the phrase “drain the swamp” is meant by Trump, or heard by his supporters, as describing the influence of special interests or lobbyists on Beltway politics. Yes, that’s what most politicians mean when they use that phrase, but there’s reason to believe that for Trump, it’s a vague phrase that allows his followers to define “the swamp” however they want. And what they really want to do is hate on liberals.

Trump himself admitted that the phrase is empty rhetoric he spews because it’s a good applause line. In a post-election rally in Iowa, Trump let this bit of truth slip out during one of his tedious ramblings:

It’s funny how that term caught on. … I told everyone I hated it. Somebody said, “Drain the swamp.” I said, “Oh that’s so hokey, that is so terrible.” I said, “All right, I’ll try it.” So like a month ago I said, “Drain the swamp.” Place went crazy. Then I said it again. Then I started saying it like I meant it. And then I started loving it. And the place loved it. Let’s drain the swamp.

Going to the hashtag #DrainTheSwamp on Twitter shows that most Trump supporters tweeting it refer to “the swamp” not as special interests or corrupt politicians, but as anyone perceived as liberal or even not conservative enough. People on that hashtag spend a lot of time calling Hillary Clinton a “bitch”, denouncing immigrants or complaining about liberal Hollywood celebrities. The only people talking about wealthy special-interest groups are liberals trying to hijack the thread.

Last month, white nationalist Richard Spencer, one of the originators of the “alt-right,” got explicit, quoting a Russian white nationalist named Alexandr Dugin, who bluntly defines “the swamp” as anti-racists, humanitarian liberals and LGBT activists.

Most Trump supporters don’t go that far, but the conversation on Twitter shows that, by and large, “drain the swamp” is understood as a culture-war term referring to liberals, and not corrupt politicians. That comports with this new polling data suggesting that Trump voters are an incoherent mess when you ask them about regulating the financial industries or corruption in politics, but have a strongly cohesive ideology when it comes to race or gender issues.

“Drain the swamp” started out sounding like a catchy way of describing the undue influence of the rich and powerful, and no doubt many people who use it intend it that way. But it’s time to admit that it’s morphed into hateful rhetoric that has terrifying undertones, like so many other things about the impending Trump presidency.

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Poll Suggests 49% of Trump Voters Think it Should Be Easier to Sue the Media

Mediaite

David Bixenspan

http://www.mediaite.com/election-2016/poll-suggests-49-of-trump-voters-think-it-should-be-easier-to-sue-the-media/

While a new poll of Donald Trump voters from GPG contains data on dozens of poll questions, one in particular on page 54 of the poll slideshow, jumps out at us. That would be the one asking about the something that Trump made a campaign issue at a March 2016 Trump campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas: “Opening up” defamation laws. According to the new survey, 49% of Trump voters favor making it easier to sue news media. Specifically, here’s the exact phrasing that was used in the poll question and possible answers according to GPG:

As you may know, there has been discussion recently about whether or not the courts should make it easier for public figures to sue and to win lawsuits against the news media for unfavorable or false coverage. Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view on the issue?

49% The courts should make it easier to sue and to win lawsuits against the news media

29% The courts should not make it easier to sue and to win lawsuits against the news media

22% Not sure

The question does seem slightly skewed in the sense that it mentions “unfavorable or false coverage” as opposed to just “false coverage,” which could influence the responses a bit, but it’s still an interesting figure even answering that specific question. What makes it especially interesting is that the poll was conducted after Trump had already disavowed that promise last month in his post-election interview with the New York Times:

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40% Of Trump Supporters Think Women Should Be Punished For Having An Abortion

Refinery 29

Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/133612/donald-trump-supporters-opinion-abortion

Since Donald Trump’s win in November, politicians across the nation have been feeling emboldened to pass even more anti-abortion legislation and limit access to the procedure.

Those moves to restrict reproductive rights have the backing of many Trump supporters, a new poll suggests.

According to the Glover Park Group survey conducted by Morning Consult, roughly 40% of Trump voters think a woman seeking an abortion should be punished if the procedure is made illegal in the U.S. And about 60% of Trump supporters believe abortion should be illegal.

They’re not that far off from what their former candidate has said about abortion.

Back in March, Trump said that there “has to be some form of punishment” for women who undergo this procedure. He later walked back his statement, saying that the doctor performing the abortion should be the one being held “legally responsible.”

When it comes to a ban on abortion, 42% of Trump supporters surveyed said that they support exceptions in cases of rape or incest and to save the mother’s life. Still, 18% think abortion should always be illegal, with no exceptions.

Trump has already said he intends to appoint a conservative justice to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy Justice Antonin Scalia left when he passed away earlier this year.

When asked in a 60 Minutes interview last month about Roe v. Wade, Trump said that if the landmark case on the matter is overturned, he would leave the issue up to the states.

“Then some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” journalist Leslie Stahl pressed.

“Yeah. Well perhaps they have to go to another state,” the president-elect responded.

That option is not financially viable for many women. And given the increase in abortion restrictions across the country, there are plenty of women who are already forced to seek abortions in states other than their own.

Despite what Trump supporters and the president-elect himself may think, research suggests overturning Roe v. Wade and punishing women will not stop them from having abortions.

It will just send the U.S. back to the time of life-threatening, back-alley procedures for women.

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39 percent of Trump voters think women who seek abortions should be punished: poll

Raw Story

Elizabeth Preza

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/39-percent-of-trump-voters-think-women-who-seek-abortions-should-be-punished-poll/

A new poll released Tuesday found that of 2,000 self-identified Donald Trump supporters, 39 percent think women seeking abortions should be punished, an idea previously floated by the president-elect himself.

As Slate reports, the poll—conducted by the communications consulting firm The Glover Park Group—surveyed Trump voters through an online survey that ran from Dec. 11-13, specifically focusing on government regulations.

The poll shows a hardline position shared by many Trump supporters on one of the most divisive issues in the United States. Among those who backed the president-elect, 42 percent said abortion should be illegal with few exceptions, while a full 18 percent said abortion should be illegal without exception.

Incredibly, less than half of responders thought women seeking abortions should receive no punishment while 39 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that that “a woman seeking an abortion should be subject to some form of punishment.”

In an interview with Chis Matthews in March, Trump agreed with 39 percent of his supporters, insisting “there has to be some form of punishment” for the women, adding the type of punishment would “have to be determined.”

The president-elect famously walked back his suggestion, insisting the punishment would be reserved for the people providing abortions, later explaining away his reversal by telling the New York Times he “didn’t mean punishment for women like prison” when he suggested women should be punished.

“I’m saying women punish themselves,” Trump argued. “I didn’t want people to think in terms of ‘prison’ punishment. And because of that I walked it back.”

Trump has similarly promised to nominate pro-life judges in the vision of former Justice Antonin Scalia, telling CBS ’60 Minutes in November that if his judges work to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion will “go back to the states.”

Trump added women in states where abortion is restricted or made illegal would “perhaps have to go to another state.”

A number of states already restrict abortions; most recently, lawmakers in Ohio attempted to pass the nation’s strictest abortion legislation, banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat, which is typically around six weeks gestation. Former Trump rival Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the bill, but he passed a law preventing them after 20 weeks.

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Even Trump voters oppose Trump’s climate agenda

Grist

Ben Adler

http://grist.org/briefly/even-trump-voters-oppose-trumps-climate-agenda/

The first post-election poll to delve into the policy views of self-identified Donald Trump voters finds broad support for climate action and clean energy.

Fifty-five percent of people who backed Trump want to uphold current climate policies, and 61 percent think companies should be required to reduce carbon emissions, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the political consultancy Glover Park Group and performed by the market research firm Morning Consult.

Larger majorities want to maintain or increase spending on environmental protection and renewable energy: 64 percent and 73 percent, respectively. And still larger majorities want to maintain or increase protections for clean water and clean air: 84 percent and 78 percent.

Trump supports none of this. A climate science denier, he has promised to repeal all of President Obama’s climate regulations and drastically slash spending on programs like renewable energy research and environmental protection. His cabinet nominees include an oil executive and fossil fuel industry lackeys.

Trump can claim no popular mandate in general, having won 2.8 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. And it’s already well-established that large majorities of Americans support action to combat climate change. Now we know that even most of Trump’s voters disagree with him on the environment.

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Trump Voters Break With Traditional Conservatives On Federal Spending

RTT News

http://www.rttnews.com/2727077/trump-voters-break-with-traditional-conservatives-on-federal-spending.aspx

Voters that supported President-elect Donald Trump widely say it is very important to reduce the national deficit, but the results of a new Glover Park Group poll found that most also want to maintain or increase spending across a wide range of federal agencies.

The poll found that a majority of Trump voters want to increase government spending on immigration enforcement, the military, homeland security and infrastructure.

Trump voters also want to maintain the current level of spending for a number of areas, including internet and wireless networks, oil and gas exploration, scientific and medical research, and environmental protection and conservation.

GPG noted that the only two areas where Trump voters favor a decrease in spending are foreign aid and welfare programs like food stamps and public housing assistance.

“This poll shows that the coalition that supported President-elect Trump values and has distinct priorities for the role of government, and isn’t making the same demands as traditional conservatives for across-the-board cuts,” said Katie Cissel, Senior Vice President of Research at GPG.

The poll also found that most Trump voters want to either expand or keep the power of various federal agencies, including the FDA, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

Housing finance and mortgage agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were the exception, as Trump voters favor limiting their power or eliminating them altogether.

GPG said the support for government funding and institutions comes even though reducing the deficit and balancing the budget rank only behind combating terrorism as the campaign issues Trump voters said were most important.

The GPG survey of 2,000 self-identified Trump voters was conducted by Morning Consult from December 11th through 13th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

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Trump supporters favor maintaining climate policy — poll

E&E News

Jennifer Yachnin
http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2016/12/20/stories/1060047493

Although President-elect Donald Trump vowed to roll back environmental regulations next year — and nominated officials to U.S. EPA and the Energy and Interior departments who appear ready to back his proposals — a poll shows more than half of Trump voters would prefer for climate regulations to remain unchanged.

The survey, conducted by the Glover Park Group for Morning Consult, polled 2,000 voters who said they cast their ballots for the Republican nominee last month.

The Dec. 11-13 survey found strong backing for environmental protections, including 55 percent of those polled who said they support “upholding current climate change policies” when the Trump administration takes office. Only 7 percent of those polled said rolling back environmental regulations should be the “top priority” for the new administration.

The survey also showed 64 percent support for maintaining or increasing the federal budget for environmental protection and conservation.

“Contrary to campaign rhetoric and the Republican platform — the ‘Trump voter’ is not monolithic. The poll confirms that Americans of all political persuasions value clean air and safe drinking water, support renewable energy, and want regulations that help fight climate change and protect our environment,” said GPG Managing Director Catharine Ransom.

Among those polled, even more voters supported regulations targeting air pollution. Seventy-eight percent of Trump voters said they supported air pollution regulations generally, and 61 percent said companies should be required to reduce their carbon emissions.

Similarly, the poll found 76 percent favored mandates requiring energy efficiency standards for appliances and 84 percent support for regulations targeting drinking water.

The poll, which had a 2.2-point margin of error, also found majority support for maintaining or increasing federal spending on renewable energy production, with 73 percent of voters backing the idea.

But echoing the president-elect, those same voters also backed an expansion of fossil fuel production on public lands. Trump has stated that he wants to increase domestic production of coal, oil and natural gas, including on federally owned lands.

Among those polled, 54 percent favored expanding exploration on public lands, while 31 percent of those polled said current limits should remain in place.