Monmouth poll: Voters have mixed expectations after midterm elections

David Madden
November 17, 2018 - 10:00 pm
Voter Poll

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WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- The midterm elections are over. Now what do voters expect? A new national poll examines that question. 
    
Monmouth University asked 800 adults coast to coast about the future. Pollster Patrick Murray says voters want more accountability from President Trump and expect Democrats to get it.
    
“We find a majority of 52 percent say that the new congress should make keeping Trump in check a major priority, and another 20 percent say it should be a minor priority,” Murray told KYW Newsradio. “We only have one in five who say that congress should not be keeping an eye out on Trump.”

READ: Results from Pa., NJ, Del. midterm races

The president’s approval rating remains slightly negative, 49 to 43 down. But those numbers are not so bad when you consider those of the likely leaders in a divided government on Capitol Hill come January: democrat Nancy Pelosi in the House and republican Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
    
“Very few think that either one of them are doing a good job,” Murray added. “Just 17 percent approve of Pelosi, 38 percent disapprove. When we look at McConnell, 15 percent approve and 28 percent disapprove.”
    
A majority want Congress to keep Trump in check, and almost 3 out of 5 want someone else in the White House in two years, although the same number are against impeaching the president.
    
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.