WASHINGTON – Americans have considerable doubts about whether President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats will be able to forge a constructive relationship over the next two years, according to a poll released Monday.
The Gallup poll found that 33 percent of the respondents said they expect Trump will cooperate with Democrats at least a fair amount, compared with 64 percent who said they expect the president will cooperate with Democrats not much or not at all.
Conversely, 28 percent said they expect Democrats will cooperate with Trump at least a fair amount and 70 percent said they expect Democrats will cooperate with the president not much or not at all.
The sampling included 1,499 respondents and was carried out Nov. 13-18. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Democrats won 232 House seats during the midterm elections. Republicans won 201 House seats. Two races have yet to be called.
Republicans have controlled the House since 2011.
The GOP increased its Senate majority during the midterms and could hold as many as 53 seats in the upper chamber when the 116th Congress convenes in January.
If the parties are able to come up with a plan to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of next week, public sentiment about prospects for cooperation in the next Congress might improve.