Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Poll: 59 percent say Trump doesn't have a mandate

Nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that President-elect Donald Trump should compromise with Democrats when they are staunchly opposed to his proposals, according to a new Washington Post/Schar School poll.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans want Trump to compromise, while just 29 percent said that his election gave him a mandate to carry out his agenda.
A much higher number of respondents said President Obama had a mandate after his White House win in 2008, according to a Post poll. At the time, 50 percent said he had a mandate for his own proposals.
The two elections were also quite different. Obama coasted to a huge Electoral College and popular vote win over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that year and entered with nearly a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. 
Trump won a comfortable Electoral College win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, taking states no Republican had won in more than three decades. Yet Clinton defeated him in the popular vote, and his party will have a narrow majority in the Senate. Trump will have a huge GOP majority in the House.

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