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What should be the first priority for President-elect Donald Trump?

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With Donald Trump elected president, we asked readers to weigh in with their vision for his presidency. Here are the results of the poll.

1. What should be President-elect Donald Trump's first priority?

Repealing the Affordable Care Act should be at the top of Trump's list, according to 36.9 percent of readers who responded. About 29 percent of votes went to mending fences with congressional Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Here's how the other options stacked up:

  • Nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia - 14.2 percent
  • Enact tariffs on foreign products coming into the U.S. - 4.5 percent
  • Withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA - 2.3 percent
  • Build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico - 0.6 percent

A couple voters wrote in "all of the above." Six readers suggested that he resign.

Other write-in answers included:

  • "Start to build unity across party lines"
  • "Mend fences with all parties and mend relationships internationally - we are a laughing stock abroad"
  • "Capture the nonpartisan movement he began and look for friends in all parties with a focus on mending business climate and building stronger inner cities."
  • "Bipartisan unity for saving U.S. economy"
  • "Learn how to listen"
  • "Unifying the country"
  • "Spark economic growth by means of an aggressive infrastructure investment program"

2. Are you concerned that Trump will be distracted by allegations of past sexual assault and tax evasion, or that political opponents will use the allegations to impede his goals as president?

  • Yes - 20.1 percent
  • No - 77.1 percent

Write-in answers included:

  • "No, because Bill Clinton had the same sexual assault 'issues'"
  • "I am concerned that the general public deems his poor treatment of women as acceptable behavior."
  • "Worried that political opponents will waste more time and effort to impede unity and progress rather than on working together to save our economy"
  • "Most past POTUS have had similar pasts & still governed - some more effectively than others."

3. Do you think Trump's economic policies will bolster economic growth and create jobs?

  • Yes - 53.9 percent
  • No - 21.3 percent
  • Maybe - 24.7 percent

4. What is your biggest concern about the next four years?

  • A terrorist attack on U.S. soil - 28.9 percent
  • Political gridlock - 26.7 percent
  • Military conflict - 16.7 percent
  • Recession - 16.7 percent
  • Environmental degradation/climate change - 0.6 percent

Several readers wrote in "all of the above."

Other write-in answers included:

  • "All of the above except environment degradation/climate change"
  • "Russia"
  • "Nothing"

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Nicole Chynoweth

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Nicole Chynoweth is the web editor for Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at Follow her on Twitter, @NicoleChynoweth.

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Klee November 10, 2016 11:22 am

end crony capitalism in favor of free market
Here's the list: let's get started Drain the swamp!!

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