Poll: Majority approve of Trump's outreach to Congressional Democrats

Carrie Healey, AOL.com

President Trump has faced harsh approval ratings since taking office earlier this year, but a surge in one poll this week came after a big move -- reaching out to Democrats on Harvey relief and the debt ceiling. 

The move may have upset congressional Republicans, but voters are overwhelmingly pleased, according to a Rasmussen survey published on Wednesday. 

The poll finds two-thirds, 66 percent, of Americans surveyed think it is good for the country for Trump to work with congressional Democrats, while just 13 percent said the bipartisan collaboration is bad for the country. Twenty-one percent were undecided. 

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The president defied Republican leaders and his senior aides when he sided last Wednesday with Democrats on raising the debt limit, funding the government for the next three months. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pushed for a more long-term debt ceiling extension, however, ultimately supported the president after he announced his decision.

Trump agreed to the deal proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, telling the press, "We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer." 

Whether the president continues to reach across the aisle on legislation remains to be seen, but it's something voters are hoping for. 

The same Rasmussen poll found that 65 percent of voters now feel Trump should reach out more to Democrats, and 19 percent think he should rely on congressional Republicans. Sixteen percent are unsure. 


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