Future of Republic May Come Down to 4 Individuals On National Stage Whom Americans Believe Put Country Ahead of Their Personal Agenda
SurveyUSA identified 35 officials with a high national profile who do now or who may soon sit in judgment of President Donald Trump, as part of the Constitutionally mandated system of checks and balances. For each of the 35 officials, SurveyUSA asked 1,500 adult respondents nationwide if each particular official cares more about the United States of America or cares more about their own personal agenda. An equal number of Republicans and Democrats were interviewed. An equal number of high-profile Republicans and high-profile Democrats were evaluated. All 9 Supreme Court justices were evaluated.
Americans today identify 4 officials who put country ahead of their own personal interests. The 4 are:
* U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D).
* U.S. Senator John McCain (R).
* Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States.
* Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
56% of Americans nationwide say Sanders puts country first, compared to 29% who say Sanders puts his own personal agenda first. When Sanders’ 29 percentage points are subtracted from Sanders’ 56 percentage points, the result is Plus 27 percentage points, the most favorable rating of any official tested from either party or from the Supreme Court.
51% of Americans nationwide say McCain puts country first, compared to 30% who say McCain puts his own personal agenda first. McCain’s Plus 21 rating is 2nd highest of any American on the national stage. Interviews were completed before McCain’s high-profile anti-Trump speech in Germany and subsequent McCain observation, “That’s how dictators get started.”
Roberts is less well known. 25% of Americans say Roberts puts country first, compared to 14% who say Roberts puts his own interests first. Roberts’ Plus 11 rating is 3rd highest on the list.
30% of Americans nationwide say Sotomayor puts country first, compared to 20% who say Sotomayor puts herself first. Her Plus 10 rating makes Sotomayor the only other person on the national stage to achieve a Plus 10 (double-digit) rating or higher. All other high-profile individuals scored in the single digits, or in the negative numbers.
Deliberately, SurveyUSA includes in its list of those evaluated officials who may not yet have broken through the national collective psyche, but who one day might. Few Americans knew Sam Ervin in 1971, but most Americans knew Ervin by 1974. Few Americans knew John Sirica in 1971, but most Americans knew Sirica by 1974. Both Ervin and Sirica came to be viewed as American heroes. History was not so kind to others. While it is unclear at this hour whether President Trump will trigger Congressional and/or Supreme Court oversight, given Mr. Trump’s desire to expand executive-branch powers as much as he can, Congressional and Supreme Court oversight is likely if not inevitable.
To that end:
SurveyUSA asked Americans about Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R). Today, just 10% of Americans say Chaffetz acts in America’s interest. 18% say Chaffetz acts in Chaffetz’ interest, a Minus 8 rating that puts Chaffetz in 21st position out of the 35 officials evaluated.
Few today know Mike Pompeo. Just 12% of Americans think the newly appointed CIA Director puts country first, 17% think Pompeo puts himself first, a Minus 5 rating that puts Pompeo in the middle of the pack.
FBI Director James Comey’s once-pristine reputation for fairness has taken a beating. Just 12% of Americans say Comey puts country first; 26% of Americans say Comey puts his own interests first. That Minus 14 rating demotes Comey today to just another political hack.
Only 3 officials nationwide are held in more contempt than Comey:
* U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) has a Minus 15 rating.
* U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) has a Minus 21 rating.
* New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), among the first to sit in Trump’s lap, has the lowest rating of any official on the national stage: Minus 32.
Consider how Senate Majority Leader McConnell fairs compared to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R). 35% of Americans say Ryan puts country first; 39% say Ryan puts himself first, a Minus 4 rating. Ryan ranks 16th, McConnell ranks 34th, in large part because McConnell is trusted by no one. Among conservatives, McConnell is Minus 5, compared to Ryan’s Plus 22. Among Republicans, McConnell is Minus 2, Ryan is Plus 28.
* Among independents: Sanders, McCain, and Roberts finish 1, 2 and 3.
* Among moderates: Sanders, McCain, and Roberts finish 1, 2 and 3.
* Among liberals: Sanders is Plus 80, Warren is Plus 48, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Plus 47.
* Among conservatives, VP Mike Pence is Plus 51, Rudy Giuliani is at Plus 28 and Justice Clarence Thomas is at Plus 25.
* Among Democrats: Sanders at Plus 65, Senator Elizabeth Warren at Plus 43, and Ginsburg at Plus 40 finish 1, 2 and 3.
* Among Republicans: Pence at Plus 70, Giuliani at Plus 41, and Ryan finish 1, 2 and 3. Justice Thomas at Plus 27, Attorney General Jeff Sessions at Plus 23, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at Plus 22 finish 4, 5, and 6.
1,600 Americans nationwide were interviewed online 02/16/17. Of them, 94% (1,500) focus 1 hour or more each day on current events and were asked the questions here. An equal number of Republicans and Democrats were interviewed. The names of the 35 officials were randomly presented to respondents. Material statement from SurveyUSA here.