Posts tagged with "Brookings Institution"

NPR poll: Conservative New Yorkers trust Cuomo more than Trump on state reopening

April 29, 2020

When President Donald Trump designated the state governors as the decision-makers on COVID-19 testing, treatment, PPEs, and lockdowns, he hoped to avoid blame—not invite comparisons.

But for the American public, it has been hard to avoid seeing the disparities between the president’s approach to the pandemic—one largely of self-interest—and that of the state leaders; many of whom are resolved to save as many of their constituents as possible.

And that divergence is evident from the result of a recent poll by Sienna College Research Institute, according to an April 27 NPR report.

In fact, New York State voters overwhelmingly trust Governor Andrew Cuomo more than they do President Donald Trump to decide when to reopen their state, according to the new findings. Specifically, respondents said they trust Cuomo over Trump by a 78%-16% margin.

In the poll, Republican and conservative voters also said they prefer the Democratic governor’s judgment on the issue to Trump’s, with 56% and 57%, respectively, favoring the governor.

“When it comes to whom New Yorkers trust more to make decisions about reopening the state and its economy—the President or the Governor—it’s not even close,” said Sienna College pollster Steven Greenberg in a press release.

The poll finds broad support for two of Cuomo’s executive orders. The governor’s extension of non-essential business closures until at least mid-May gets an 87% overall approval rating among New Yorkers. Even higher, the order that residents must wear protective masks in public has an approval rating of 92%.

“While you cannot find a single issue that would generate unanimous support from all 12 million New York voters, Cuomo’s order that face masks or coverings must be worn in public…comes as close as any issue Sienna College has ever plled, Greenberg said.

What’s more, NPR notes, Cuomo’s favorability rating is currently up to an all-time high of 77%, according to the poll.

The governor’s daily press briefings have attracted national attention, especially in contrast to those of the president. Cuomo’s briefings garner a mixed bag of reactions on social media, but one common praise point is the New York governor’s frankness in presenting harrowing facts.

“Cuomo’s daily briefings are a case study in transparency and truth to build trust,” wrote Linda Peek Schatch, a former Carter administration official, in a piece for the Brookings Institution. “Unlike Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men,” Cuomo believes the American people can handle the truth.”

In contrast, Trump has been criticized for his performance at daily White House briefings—and on Monday, there was confusion over whether the president would continue to hold future briefings.

As NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe reports:”Trump has faced criticism from opponents about the way he’s handled these briefings—spending much of his time sparring with reporters and often contradicting his own medical experts. Even some of the president’s supporters have complained that the briefings detract from the administration’s message.”

Research contact: @NPR

63% of Americans oppose moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

December 11, 2017

A poll conducted by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based think tank, has found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of all Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s decisions to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That 63% includes 44% of his own party, the Republicans.

In announcing his official proclamation last week, Trump said, “ have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.  Today, I am delivering.”

The president added, “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.:

However, in posting the results of its survey on December 5, Brookings opined, “It is almost impossible to see the logic of the Trump administration’s expected recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…before it even unveils what’s certain to be a controversial plan for Middle East peace, which will be tough enough to sell.”

Indeed, they said, “Trump certainly doesn’t need to solidify his pro-Israel credentials; three of his key Middle East advisers are known to be sympathetic with the Israeli right.”

What’s more, they pointed out, “…the American public, including his Republican core, already thinks his policy is pro-Israel.”

A University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll—conducted by Nielsen Scarborough in early November among a national sample of 2,000 American adults and  released at the Brookings Institution on December 1— found that 59% of respondents said they preferred that Trump lean toward neither side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How about the Evangelical Christians whose support has been critical for Trump, and who are known to support declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the U.S. embassy there? While 53% of Evangelicals support the move, 40 % oppose it.

In the meantime, the administration’s assumptions about the limited demonstrations in the region against the move and the scant costs of the relocation  are based on little more, the Institution says, than “a leap of faith”.

What’s more, Brookings warned, “Jerusalem is the perfect issue for Iran and Islamist militants to use to mobilize support against the United States and those who endorse its policies.”

Research contact: @ShibleyTelhami