A presidential campaign, once considered an event of epic proportions, has become a more manageable task for the campaigns of the top two contenders, according to a new national poll.
While the candidates are not in a position to control their own destiny, the survey indicates that the campaigns have been less prepared to deal with the shutdown.
The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University and released Monday, found that while 58 percent of voters would like to see a shutdown, only 26 percent would be comfortable with it.
In the first presidential debate last week, Trump was asked what he would do to deal the most with a shutdown.
“I would call on Congress to pass a bill immediately,” he said.
“The way I would do it, I would just say to Congress, ‘Here is the bill.
I’m willing to sign it.’
I’d tell them I’ve already done everything I could to get this bill passed, and if they don’t do anything, I’ll sign it.”
A Quinnipica/USA TODAY/Gallup poll conducted earlier this month also found that 54 percent of Americans want Congress to take up a shutdown resolution.
But a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the poll said they would support a shutdown if Republicans and President Donald Trump both refuse to sign the bill, as Republicans are threatening to do.
The Quinnipio poll also found a strong partisan divide on whether the shutdown should be limited to only a few days or the full duration of the federal government.
Forty-five percent of Republicans said the shutdown could be limited only to a few weeks and 55 percent said the same about Democrats.
A Quinnipsic poll of 1,006 registered voters in early October found that 56 percent of Democrats support limiting the shutdown to only four days.
The poll was conducted online using a random digit dial sample of 575 respondents who are members of either a registered voter or registered voter-likely Democratic member of the House.
For the full results, click here.
*Hillary Clinton: We need to do more to protect the environment and women* By KEVIN GOLDBERG, Associated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told reporters Monday that there is a “moral imperative” for Congress to act, calling on Americans to take action in the wake of the Harvey floodwaters and other environmental disasters.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the moral imperative is for us to do something,” Clinton said.
“We’ve got to do it together.
We can’t let this happen in one fell swoop,” she added.
Clinton is seeking to capitalize on the political turmoil over the floods and other disasters to boost her own campaign and her own party’s chances in November.
Clinton and her campaign have criticized Republicans for not doing enough to protect coastal communities from flooding and have urged them to work together on measures that would help.
She has not specifically called on the Republicans to pass legislation to prevent the government from shutting down.
In her remarks, Clinton spoke directly to the nation, saying that while some politicians are willing to work with others, they need to work within their own boundaries.
“The idea that we should all be in the same boat, to be able to protect our communities and our economy, I think is a false choice.
That is a very dangerous idea.
We need the full cooperation of both sides of the aisle,” Clinton told a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.
The Clinton campaign has taken a page from the Sanders campaign, which has said it would work with both the House and Senate if Congress refused to pass measures to stop the government shutdown.
Sanders, who has vowed to veto any bill that would shut down the government, called on Congress not to shut down.
“In a democracy, we all want a government that is accountable and that is responsive.
And we need to be working together to fix our economy and protect our environment,” Sanders said.
Clinton said she hopes that her Democratic opponent, former President Barack Obama, and the other Democratic candidates will take a “bipartisan approach” to fighting climate change, the issue that Sanders has championed.
The Quinnipi poll also finds that the public is divided over whether the federal courts should be able be used to review court decisions that block or delay regulations.
More than six in 10 voters oppose using the courts to review such decisions, with about half of Republicans opposed.
“It is clear that we need an honest discussion of how we can make our economy work better for everyone, but also not just for some,” said Quinnipic pollster John Zogby.
“This is a time when the public wants to be heard and the American people want to know what we’re doing and what we stand for.”
A Quinnipia/USA Today/Gallups poll released Monday found that 59 percent of the public favors using the federal court system to challenge the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to the EPA.
A majority of Democrats, 54 percent, support using the court system.
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