Donald Trump Brings an Unpopular, Extreme, and Dangerous MAGA Agenda Into the General Election

In response to Donald Trump clinching the Republican nomination on an extreme and unpopular MAGA platform, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“No one can pick a loser like the Republican Party. After falling short in election after election since their colossal failure in 2020, they’re once again entering the general election with Donald Trump as their standard bearer, saddled with an unpopular and dangerous agenda that voters keep rejecting at the ballot box. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – so we know that the Republicans have really lost it when they once again back a proven loser who is pushing to ban abortion nationwide, rip away health care coverage from millions, rig the economy for the ultra-wealthy, slash hard-earned benefits for our seniors, and threaten our democracy by pledging to be a ‘dictator on day one’ while promising to pardon violent insurrectionists. Trump’s out-of-touch ultra-MAGA agenda already lost him one election, and his attempts to double down on the same unpopular policies will make him a loser yet again this November.”

Trump’s unpopular anti-choice platform includes banning abortion nationwide, bragging about extreme abortion bans he made possible, and paving the way for new threats to IVF access for families across America. 

USA Today: “Americans overwhelmingly oppose the next goal of many anti-abortion activists, to enact a federal law banning abortion nationwide. By 80%-14%, those surveyed opposed that idea, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of independents.”

Axios: “Most Americans support abortion access one year after Roe v. Wade: poll”

CNN: “A 64% majority of US adults say they disapprove of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that women do not have a constitutional right to an abortion, with half strongly disapproving – an assessment that’s almost entirely unchanged from CNN’s poll last July in the immediate wake of the decision.”

While the Affordable Care Act is decisively popular with the American people, Trump is vowing to repeal the ACA, telling Republicans to “never give up” their efforts to rip away health care coverage from millions of Americans. 

Axios: “The ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions have proved especially popular, with 79% of Americans — including 66% of Republicans — saying in 2020 that they did not want the Supreme Court to overturn those protections.”

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: “Thirteen years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, more than eight in ten Americans (83%) either agree or strongly agree that all Americans have a basic right to healthcare coverage.”

Bryan Bennett, Navigator Research: “Per our October @NavigatorSurvey research, repealing the ACA (and January 6) remain the top concerns about Trump’s first term as president”

Washington Post: “What’s clear is that an effort to ‘terminate’ Obamacare is not something Americans are pining for. Not only were the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare during Trump’s term historically unpopular, but the law also appears to have gotten more popular since then. … And when politicians talk of ending health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, dropping coverage of preexisting conditions and cutting Obamacare’s Medicaid funding, things get even dicier.”

Trump is running on his failed MAGAnomics agenda of gifting tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy while gutting hard-earned benefits for our seniors like Social Security and Medicare.

Fox News: “Fox News Poll: 71% choose funding Social Security, Medicare over budget cuts”

Sahil Kapur, NBC News: “Digging deeper into this @FoxNews finding. Support for funding entitlements like Social Security & Medicare over reducing deficits is overwhelming with the GOP base:

Republicans 59-38%

Trump voters 59-37%

Conservatives 60-36%

Rural voters 70-26%

White non-college voters 73%-24%”

CNN: “Nearly 67 million Americans have received monthly Social Security benefits this year, and more than 66 million people are enrolled in Medicare. Polling shows little support for major changes to the programs themselves to help shore up their finances.

“A March CNN/SSRS poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, for instance, found that 59% said it was ‘essential’ that the GOP nominee for president ‘pledges to maintain Social Security and Medicare as they are.’”

Associated Press: “Most oppose Social Security, Medicare cuts: AP-NORC poll”

Axios: “Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say they oppose reducing spending on Social Security or Medicare, according to new polling from our Axios-Ipsos Two Americas Index.”

Trump is vowing to be a ‘dictator on day one’ and promising to pardon violent January 6 insurrectionists while doubling down on his election denialism – all of which is alarming to the American people.

The Hill: “Just over two-thirds of registered voters in a new poll said they do not believe that those who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot should be pardoned, an idea that has been floated by former President Trump.”

The Hill: “More than half of all voters believe former President Trump will act like a dictator if reelected to office, according to a new poll. The Harvard CAPS-Harris poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed at least somewhat agree that Trump … will act like a dictator if given a second term, including almost 40 percent who strongly agree.”

Quinnipiac: “A majority of voters (53 percent) say they are concerned by a recent comment former President Donald Trump made saying he wants to be a dictator for one day if he wins the 2024 presidential election.”

YouGov: “Most Americans are supportive of democracy and think dictatorship would be bad for the United States. … Only 4% of Americans say it would be a good thing for the U.S. to have a dictator in charge, while 80% disagree. That includes 89% of 2020 Biden voters and 87% of 2020 Trump voters.”

Washington Post: “71 percent of Americans say they’re not confident Trump will accept the 2024 results if he loses — at which point the many people who viewed what happened after the 2020 election as being very bad could be made to fear some kind of repeat.”

Unlike Trump, voters want to see Congress take action to secure the border: Two-thirds of Americans support the bipartisan border security deal that Trump directed MAGA Republicans to reject.

Navigator Research: “Two in Three Americans Support the Bipartisan Immigration Deal”

“Two in three Americans supported the bipartisan immigration deal reached in the Senate, but that will not be taken up for a vote in the House. … On the Republican approach to the recent immigration package, Americans’ greatest concerns are that they are focused on the wrong issues and playing politics.”

“The immigration deal earns support across party lines, including among three in four Republicans (net +58; 74 percent support –16 percent oppose), two in three independents (net +48; 64 percent support – 16 percent oppose), and three in five Democrats (net +32; 59 percent support – 27 percent oppose).”

Third Way: “Voters like the deal, both as a whole and individual components. … Across the board, both swing and base voters are remarkably aligned in favor of the big security components of the deal. … It’s not just the tough on the border policies that voters like—they also understand that a major piece of restoring order must be providing orderly pathways for people to come to this country in other ways.” 

While Trump tells gun violence victims to “get over it” and cozies up to the NRA, voters overwhelmingly support commonsense gun safety reform.

Fox News: “Fox News Poll: Voters favor gun limits over arming citizens to reduce gun violence”

Pew Research: “Other gun policy proposals, including banning high-capacity magazines (66%) and banning assault-style weapons (64%), continue to draw majority support.”

Morning Consult: “Voters Maintain Strong, Bipartisan Support for Banning Assault Weapons After Lewiston”

The Hill: “Most Americans say they would support stricter gun control laws: poll”