Voters have little appetite for wall talk in SOTU address

Voters have little appetite for wall talk in SOTU address

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President Donald Trump addresses border wall negotiations before leaving for Camp David on Jan. 7. (TMN photo)

WASHINGTON — While President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has taken center stage in Washington, D.C.’s political infighting, relatively few voters believe it should play a key role in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Monday, 46 percent of voters believe it is at least “somewhat” important for the president to discuss the proposed wall in the annual speech.

In terms of importance, respondents ranked it dead-last when presented with 12 other policy issues.

Meanwhile, 84 percent said it would be important for the president to address the economy and jobs.

An additional 84 percent said the same about improving the health care system.

Reducing poverty in the U.S. and providing direction and leadership both followed with 81 percent, while improving the immigration and education systems both netted 79 percent.

Other issues that scored higher than the wall included tackling gun violence at 73 percent, improving race relations at 70 percent, reducing illegal immigration at 67 percent and addressing climate change at 60 percent.

The only other issue to come within single digits of the border wall was reducing global poverty, which 53 percent of respondents stated was an important topic for the president to address.

The White House has been mum on what Trump will broach during Tuesday’s speech, with a senior administration official telling reporters Friday that it will be unifying, but offering no concrete details.

Trump himself has played coy, saying on Friday that his address will be “exciting” and urging the public to listen closely, particularly to what he may say regarding a national emergency declaration along the border. The president has maintained that the controversial step could help him construct a wall without Congressional support.

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