Majority disapproves of Trump’s national emergency declaration, NPR poll shows

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall is largely unpopular with Americans questioned in a poll released early Tuesday, with a majority saying there is no emergency.

In the NPR/Marist College poll, just over six in ten Americans said they disapproved of the president’s declaration of a national emergency, a figure that included clear majorities among both Democrats and independents.

{mosads}Ninety four percent of self-identified Democrats told NPR they disapproved of the president’s declaration, while 63 percent of independents said the same. Just 12 percent of Republicans also told NPR that they disapprove of the plan.

A majority of Americans, 58 percent, said there is no emergency at the border, while 84 percent of Republicans say that there is. Sixty percent of independent voters said that they wanted to see the declaration challenged in court.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion to build his long-sought project along the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress rejected the funding.

Marist College poll director Lee Miringoff said in a statement that the issue was a sign of Trump pursuing support among his most ardent defenders while pushing others away.

“All things related to the declaring of a national emergency, the president is striking out in the court of public opinion,” said Miringoff, according to NPR. “He’s maintaining his base and little else.”

“This is not a break-his-base issue,” Miringoff continued. “This is a reinforce-his-base issue, but this is not an expand-beyond-his-base issue.”

NPR/Marist’s poll was conducted between Feb. 15-17 between 807 U.S. adults, and the poll’s margin of error is 4.6 percentage points.

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