A new nationwide poll released on Tuesday found that Trump voters are more supportive of federal government growth and spending in some areas than traditional conservatives.
According to a new Glover Park Group (GPG) poll conducted by Morning Consult, a majority of Trump voters said that they believe in keeping the power of numerous federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
“This poll shows that the coalition that supported President-elect Trump values and has distinct priorities for the role of government, and isn’t making the same demands as traditional conservatives for across-the-board cuts,” said the senior vice president of research at GPG, Katie Cissel.
The poll found that Trump voters also support increases in government spending on immigration enforcement, the military, homeland security, infrastructure and Social Security, while supporting decreases in foreign aid and welfare.
“The greatest support comes for increases in spending on immigration enforcement and the military, but they also express support for maintaining the spending levels of the current administration in the environment, healthcare and public education,” Cissel noted.
A majority of Trump voters, 53 percent, also expressed support for his proposed $1 trillion investment in infrastructure, with 20 percent saying that the sum is too large and 11 percent stating that it is too low.
Trump voters also expressed wide-ranging support for various environmental protection policies. The poll found that 76 percent support forcing manufacturers to produce more energy efficient appliances, 84 percent are in favor of drinking water regulations, 78 percent are supportive of air pollution restrictions and 61 percent are in favor of mandatory carbon emissions regulations for businesses.
The poll also found that 55 percent of Trump voters support maintaining current climate change policies, while 54 percent also believe that US should be more open to exploring fossil fuels on public lands.
The GPG/Morning Consult poll surveyed a pool of 2,000 self-identified Trump voters across the country from Dec. 11-13. The credibility interval is 2.2 percent.