No regrets: 82% of Trump backers would vote for him again

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Michael F. Haverluck (

Donald Trump, president-electAn overwhelming majority of voters who cast their 2016 election ballots for President Donald Trump said they would vote for him again when asked at the one-year anniversary of his historic White House election, a recent poll found.

A Politico/Morning Consult Poll revealed that an impressive 82 percent of Trump voters would vote for him again – compared to a surprising 78 percent of Hillary voters who would recast their ballots for her – if given the chance … while only 7 percent of Trump voters and 8 percent of Clinton voters would vote for another presidential candidate if they could re-cast their 2016 ballots.

Party and candidate loyalty

The nationwide survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters conducted Oct. 26–30 indicated that three of those who cast their ballots for Trump would support him again in three years, but Democrats were shown to be even more loyal to their party.

“About three-quarters of Trump voters, 76 percent, back Trump in the 2020 matchup, while 8 percent would support the Democrat,” Politico reported. “Compare that with Clinton voters: Ninety percent would vote for the Democrat, and only 3 percent would vote for Trump. Roughly twice as many Trump voters (16 percent) are undecided about whom they would support in 2020 as Clinton voters (7 percent), suggesting Trump's support is softer than it appears on the surface.”

As division has struck both parties since last November’s election, Democrats appear to be a bit more loyal to their party’s roots.

“Similarly, 84 percent of Democratic voters would choose the Democratic candidate, but just 74 percent of GOP voters would back Trump, the poll shows,” Politico’s Steven Shepard divulged. “Nine percent of Democrats are undecided, compared with 17 percent of Republicans.”

When it comes to America’s third party, more are swayed by the blue anti-Trump tide than by GOP red.

“Among Independents, 40 percent would pick the Democrat, and 30 percent would vote for Trump, with another 30 percent undecided,” Shepard continued. “An identical 40 percent of Independents strongly disapprove of Trump's job performance – a cohort of voters that Trump will likely struggle to bring into the fold.”

Furthermore, if the 2020 election were to take place today, Trump would face some stiff competition on the Democratic side – but keep in mind that up until election day, polls taken by leftist news outlets consistently put Clinton on top in the contest … oftentimes by double digits.

“Overall, among all voters, a generic, unnamed Democrat leads Trump, 46 percent to 36 percent, with 18 percent undecided,” the Politico poll indicated.

It was also posed to voters whether they believe Trump will finish out his term in office – and many feared for the worse.

“The Constitution sets the president's term into January 2021, but only a narrow majority of voters, 52 percent, think it’s likely that Trump completes his four-year term as president – 37 percent believe it’s more likely he will leave office early,” Politico’s Steven Shepard noted.  “The poll didn't ask what voters thought might hasten the end of Trump's presidency, such as impeachment, resignation or some other incapacity, but, notably, nearly two-thirds of self-identified Clinton voters, 66 percent, think Trump will leave office early. By contrast, 85 percent of Trump voters think it's more likely Trump finishes his term.”

Good or bad times under Trump?

When asked about their net change in circumstances and their overall take on the administration before and after the first year of the Trump presidency, responses varied greatly from a bipartisan standpoint.

“Just over a quarter, 26 percent, say they are better off now, but 28 percent say they are worse off,” Shepard pointed out. “A 41-percent plurality say their financial situation is about the same as it was a year ago.”

Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp said some factors came into play when voters reported on their improving or worsening financial situations – comparing their state before the Trump presidency with their condition a year into it.

"Voters who support President Trump have a markedly sunnier outlook on their own financial situation than those who don't," Dropp explained. "Among those voters who strongly approve of the president, 41 percent say they're doing better off financially than last year. Among voters who strongly disapprove, that number falls to just 18 percent."

So far, Trump’s job approval rating hasn’t exactly been stellar.

“The problem, again, for Trump: Just 23 percent of voters strongly approve of his job performance,” the results of the Politico poll revealed. “More voters say Trump is changing the federal government for the worse, 40 percent, than say he is changing it for the better, 34 percent. Sixteen percent of voters say Trump isn’t changing the government much at all.”

However, a solid majority of those who elected Trump believe he is improving things in Washington.

“But among Trump voters, the president is viewed as a positive agent for change: Nearly two-thirds, 66 percent, say he is changing the government for the better,” Shepard shared from the results. “Only 8 percent of Trump voters say he is changing it for the worse.”

Honing in on the negative

The poll conducted by the leftist news agency also sought to find out what percentage of voters agree with failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Trump did not win fair and square.

"A 53-percent majority say Trump’s victory in that race was legitimate,” the numbers indicated. “But a third, 33 percent, say it was not legitimate, [and] voters are split on whether it is likely Trump acted improperly when it comes to any alleged coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.”

There was reportedly more resistance to Trump’s election than George W. Bush’s, as a July 2001 CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll indicated that 73 percent of Americans saw him as a legitimate president eight months after the U.S. Supreme Court legitimized the 2000 election results, while only 11 percent responded they would never see Bush as the legitimate president. The rest (15 percent) responded that they could view him as legitimate down the road.

In contrast, 62 percent of those surveyed in a CNN poll conducted by the SSRS firm felt that Trump does not deserve to be reelected as president in 2020, while 35 percent argued that he deserves to serve another term.

The mainstream media has almost exclusively focused on polls denoting unfavorable opinions of the president – which typically do not jive with official election results were tallied – typically providing extensive coverage of things the president has not yet been able to achieve … while paying little more than lip service to the numerous changes Trump has been able to move forward during his short time in office.

“Trump has struggled in the recent months to fulfill some of his key campaign promises, including the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare,” The Hill reported. “A year after Trump's election, he is also facing low job approval ratings, according to several recent polls.”

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