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Vanderbilt Poll reflects Tennessee voter attitudes on Trump, immigration, media and more

A new Vanderbilt University poll reflects Tennessean's attitudes towards President Donald Trump, healthcare, undocumented immigrants, science, media, and the economy. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A new Vanderbilt University poll reflects Tennessean's attitudes towards President Donald Trump, healthcare, undocumented immigrants, science, media, and the economy.

The survey of about 1,000 registered voters in the state found Tennesseans now feel less optimistic about President Trump's ability to change Washington for the better. Just 41% said they believed he could change Washington for the better in the May 2017 survey, a 13 point drop compared to the 54% total in November 2016.

Tennesseans also felt President Trump "doesn't care what people like them think." 53% of voters believe the statement, a number which includes 45% of Republican voters.

Despite the shift in attitudes, President Trump still carries a 52% approval rating in the state.

Below is a summary of other poll results:

-Tennesseans say health care and the economy should be the top priorities of state officials. Each topic garnered 30% of the votes in rankings of priority. Education ranked third with 21% of the vote.

-56% of Tennesseans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 66% support children of undocumented immigrants being eligible for in-state college tuition.

-66% also trust the benefits of scientific research, especially medical research (72%).

-Trust in the media was low based on results. Just 21% said they trusted all or most of what they read, 43% trust some, and 34% trust little to none of what they read.

-As far as the 2018 gubernatorial election in Tennessee, the poll examined the percentage of people who recognized candidates whom have announced their bid for the seat. Rep. Diane Black had the highest name recognition with 49% of Tennesseans saying they recognized the Gallatin native's name. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean came in second with 38%, followed by Rep. Beth Harwell (34%), Sen. Mae Beavers (28%), and Randy Boyd (26%).

SEE ALL THE POLL RESULTS: CLICK HERE.

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