Talking about Trump’s transparency failure

Progressives have an opportunity to protect the public interest

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As Congress continues to conduct its critical oversight functions, the Trump Administration has been increasingly antagonistic toward fulfilling requests and subpoenas. Following a week where Trump proclaimed, “we’re fighting all the subpoenas,” progressives can win important arguments about transparency, the rule of law, and government oversight with the right messages. Our new survey focuses on messaging guidance on two key fronts: Trump’s tax returns and the Mueller Report.

Americans want Congress to obtain Trump’s tax returns: it’s about knowing who the president really is, and where he gets his money.

  • 58% of Americans support Congress’ efforts to obtain Trump’s returns while only 30% disapprove.
  • There is significant intensity in favor of Congress obtaining his returns, and not much intensity on the other side: 41% strongly support Congress obtaining them; only 17% strongly oppose.
  • Winning message: Progressives should argue the public has “a right to know who pays the president” and whether “the president has been honest about how successful he has been, how much he has contributed to charity, and whether he has avoided or even illegally evaded taxes”.

Americans believe the Mueller Report revealed wrongdoing. But what’s next?

  • A majority (56%) believe the report revealed President Trump engaged in wrongdoing, while only 21% believe he was totally exonerated (another 23% don’t know).
  • Americans trust congressional Democrats over President Trump by 13 points (46% to 33%) when it comes to “the rule of law” and by 9 points (42% to 33%) when it comes to “government transparency.”
  • Winning message: Progressives should remind voters that compelling evidence of obstruction has already been uncovered and needs further investigation.

Read our new memo at NavigatorResearch.org

And stay tuned…next week’s Navigator release looks at how progressives can make the case for an economic system that actually works for regular people.