Americans Divided Over Whether President Donald Trump Respects the Constitution of the United States; Majority Says Trump Thinks He Is Above the Law, Cares More About Himself Than the American People
54% of American voters say President Donald Trump thinks he is above the law, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted 02/06/17 and 02/07/17. This belief is held by 64% of young people, 60% of moderates, 59% of independents, 58% of women, 57% of lower-income voters, 57% of those with a high-school education, and 56% of those with a 4-year college degree.
Though Republicans and conservatives rally to the President’s side as expected on this issue, there are key fissures in the core demographics:
* 32% of very conservative voters say Mr. Trump thinks he is above the law.
* 30% of conservative voters say Mr. Trump thinks he is above the law.
* 18% of strong Republicans say Mr. Trump thinks he is above the law.
* 25% of Republicans say Mr. Trump thinks he is above the law.
* 17% of those who voted for Trump in 2016 say the President thinks he is above the law.
Whites split: 44% say the President thinks he is above the law, 42% say he doesn’t. 85% of African Americans, 73% of Hispanic Americans, and 58% of Asian Americans say Mr. Trump thinks he is above the law.
A majority of registered voters nationwide — 51% — say Mr. Trump cares more about himself than he does about the American people. This view is held by 80% of Democrats, 74% of African Americans, 63% of Hispanic Americans, 59% of younger voters, 58% of those who live in urban areas, 57% of women, and 56% of independents.
By contrast, a majority of voters nationwide — 54% — say President Barack Obama cared more about the American people than he did about himself.
SurveyUSA interviewed 1,400 adults nationwide 02/06/17 and 02/07/17. Of the adults, 1,207 were registered to vote and were asked the questions here. Research was conducted online. 31% of the voters interviewed for this survey are Republicans; an equal number, 31%, are Democrats; 36% are independents. Material statement from SurveyUSA here.