- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The majority of registered voters disapprove of President Trump declaring a national emergency and want to see it challenged in court, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The data from a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that 60 percent of voters said they didn’t approve of the president’s controversial national emergency. More than half said that there was no real crisis and that Mr. Trump is misusing his executive power in declaring one.

While Democrats were staunchly against the president’s decision, the vast majority of Republicans are firmly behind his decision and believe in the national crisis at the border.

The declaration came after a long-fought stalemate in Congress left Mr. Trump with $1.375 billion for his border wall, a fraction of what he was initially looking for.

Nearly 60 percent of voters want the show of executive power to be pushed back in the courts.

On Monday, California and 15 other states did just that and filed lawsuits against Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration.

The poll surveyed 807 adults from Feb. 15-17, with a margin of error around 4.6 percentage points.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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