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CBS NEWS POLL

Optimism on the Economy, Concern about Immigration


February 17-21, 2017

Q1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Feb17a
% % % % %
Approve 39 82 6 37 40
Disapprove 51 11 85 50 48
Don't know/No answer 10 6 9 12 12

Q2. Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously
gotten off on the wrong track?

Jan17b
Right direction 35 67 11 32 29
Wrong track 60 30 84 61 61
Don't know/No answer 6 3 5 7 10

Q3. What do you think is the single most important problem for the government--that is, the President and Congress--to
address in the coming year?
Jan03c
%
Immigration/illegal immigrants 15 25 8 14 1
Economy & jobs 13 14 14 12 28
Health care 11 11 13 10 4
Donald Trump/the president 6 2 11 5 -
Community/lack of unity 3 3 2 3 0
Miscellaneous social issues 3 1 3 3 0
Poverty/homelessness 2 1 1 2 1
Environment/global warming 2 * 4 2 0
Racism/race relations 2 * 2 2 0
Education 2 * 2 3 4
Foreign policy/foreign affairs 2 2 2 2 2
Defense/military/national security 2 4 1 2 22
Partisan politics/gridlock 2 2 2 1 1
Budget/national debt/deficit 2 4 1 2 2
Homeland security 2 3 2 2 -
Other 24 23 26 26 25
Don't know/No answer 7 5 6 9 10

Q4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling foreign policy?

Approve 34 73 8 30
Disapprove 53 13 87 53
Don't know/No answer 13 14 5 17
Q5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Feb17a
% % % % %
Approve 44 82 14 43 43
Disapprove 38 6 68 36 37
Don't know/No answer 18 12 18 21 20

Q6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the threat of terrorism?

Approve 44 83 12 43 45
Disapprove 46 9 79 46 46
Don't know/No answer 10 7 9 11 8

Q7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the issue of immigration?

Approve 39 78 9 37
Disapprove 55 17 88 55
Don't know/No answer 5 5 2 8

Q8. How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very
bad?

Dec16a
%
Very good 8 9 9 6 9
Fairly good 53 52 58 50 46
Fairly bad 23 27 18 24 27
Very bad 14 11 13 16 16
Don't know/No answer 2 1 1 4 2

Q9. Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

Better 31 54 15 29 36
Worse 18 8 29 17 16
Same 48 37 53 50 46
Don't know/No answer 3 1 3 3 2

Q10-Q39 SEPARATE RELEASE

Q37. How confident are you that Donald Trumps policies will create jobs--very confident, somewhat confident, not very
confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident 32 67 7 28
Somewhat confident 27 25 23 31
Not very confident 22 5 35 24
Not at all confident 17 3 33 16
Don't know/No answer 1 * 2 1
Q38 Q41 SEPARATE RELEASE

Q42. In general, do you think enough is being done to ensure that foreigners who enter the United States from other
countries are not a risk to the security of the United States, or do you think not enough is being done?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Enough is being done 40 21 56 40
Not enough is being done 55 76 38 53
Too much being done 1 - 1 2
Don't know/No answer 4 3 6 5

Q43-Q47 SEPARATE RELEASE

Q48. Which comes closest to your view about ILLEGAL immigrants who are living in the U.S.? 1. They should be allowed
to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship, 2. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, but not be
allowed to apply for citizenship or 3. They should be required to leave the U.S.

Jan17b
Stay and apply for citizenship 60 36 79 60 61
Stay legally, but not apply 13 15 12 13 13
Required to leave 23 43 7 23 22
Don't know/No answer 4 5 2 4 4

Q49. Compared to American citizens, how likely do you think ILLEGAL immigrants are to commit crimes -- are illegal
immigrants more likely, less likely, or about as likely to commit crimes as American citizens?

Sep16a
More likely 20 38 9 17 25
Less likely 17 7 25 17 14
About as likely 60 53 63 62 59
Don't know/No answer 3 2 2 4 2

Q50. Would you favor or oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?

Jan17b
Favor 39 77 11 36 37
Oppose 58 20 87 61 59
Don't know/No answer 3 3 2 3 3

Unweighted Weighted
Total Respondents 1,280

Republicans 355 326


Democrats 386 383
Independents 539 571