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Voters Question Trump’s Ability to ‘Drain The Swamp,’ With Politicians Opposed

Voters agree with President Trump that the country needs to “drain the swamp” of the political establishment, but they’re not optimistic he’ll get the job done because of resistance from most politicians.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Trump’s oft-repeated campaign statement that “it’s time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” Only 15% disagree, while 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 30 and September 2, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 30 and September 2, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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