LUNCHTIME POLITICS: Tuesday Trivia – Animal Rights – Trump and Congress – Pets

Your Daily Polling Update for Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Same as yesterday

RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on four polls, ranging from 38% (Gallup) to 49% (Rasmussen). Without these two extremes, it would be 45%…. President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 53% today, which is 9 points higher than his approval rating.

Among voters nationwide 

How much do you think Donald Trump will cooperate with the Democratic leaders in Congress over the next two years­­––a great deal, a fair amount, not much or not at all? 

A great deal/fair amount: 33%
Not much/not at all: 64%

RON’S COMMENT: 11% of Democrats, 29% of independents and 61% of Republicans think Trump will cooperate with Democrats. For historical context, in 2006––52% of Americans expected then-Pres. Bush to cooperate with Democrats in Congress (compared to 33% now with Trump).

How much do you think the Democrats in Congress will cooperate with [Donald Trump] over the next two years––a great deal, a fair amount, not much or not at all?

A great deal/fair amount: 28%
Not much/not at all: 70%

RON’S COMMENT: 42% of Democrats, 27% of independents and 14% of Republicans think Democrats will cooperate with Trump. In 2006, 48% of Americans expected the Democrats in Congress to cooperate with then-Pres. Bush (compared to 28% now with Trump).

Among adults nationwide 

One state has just passed a law that requires farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. This will likely make farm animals more comfortable, while also increase the price of eggs and meat. Do you think laws like this to promote animal welfare are a good or a bad idea? 

Good idea: 50%
Neither good nor bad idea: 18%
Bad idea: 18%
Not sure: 14%

RON’S COMMENT: 45% of men, 55% of women, 55% of whites, 45% of blacks, 36% of Hispanics, 69% of Democrats, 44% of independents and 40% of Republicans say it’s a good idea.

Among adults nationwide

Do you own any of the following pets? 

Dog: 40%
Cat: 32%
Bird: 4%
Fish: 7%
Other: 5%

RON’S COMMENT: Dog people––37% of men, 43% of women, 32% of 18-29 year olds, 41% of 30-44 year olds, 46% of 45-64 year olds, 38% of 65+ year olds, 45% of whites, 17% of blacks, 39% of Hispanics, 38% of Democrats, 36% of independents and 51% of Republicans have dogs…. Cat people––30% of men, 34% of women, 27% of 18-29 year olds, 37% of 30-44 year olds, 35% of 45-64 year olds, 28% of 65+ year olds, 37% of whites, 11% of blacks, 32% of Hispanics, 32% of Democrats, 31% of independents and 35% of Republicans have cats.


Who is the oldest living person to have served as a U.S. governor?
BONUS QUESTION: How many living former governors are 90 years of age or older––5, 10, 15 or 20?

(See answer below)

Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.
TRUMP AND CONGRESS, Gallup, Nov. 13-18
PETS, ANIMAL RIGHTS: The Economist/YouGov, Nov. 18-20


John Patterson, former governor of Alabama (1959-1963), is 97 years old. He beat out by three months the second oldest former governor, Fritz Hollings, 96, who was governor of South Carolina (1959-63).
BONUS: There are 20 living former governors who are 90 years old or older.

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