Half of American voters would feel embarrassed to have Donald Trump as president, polls released Dec. 22 suggest.
The Quinnipiac University National poll asked voters if they would be embarrassed or proud to have Donald Trump as commander-in-chief.
Fifty percent of US voters said they would feel embarrassed if Trump led the country, while only 23 percent of all voters said they’d be proud.
While nearly half of those were Republican, the majority of GOP supports said they’d either feel embarrassed or neither.
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Yet still, Trump continues to dominate Republican polls, baffling some.
"Half of American voters say they'd be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their Commander in Chief and most Americans think he doesn't have a good chance in November, but there he is still at the top of the Republican heap," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
However, Trump’s lead may be in decline; the sampling suggests he holds GOP front-runner status by only four percent, with Sen. Ted Cruz trailing closely behind.
“Sen. Ted Cruz is snapping at his heels,” added Malloy. “Can a candidate that half the American electorate thinks is an embarrassment win in November?"
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Even more puzzling, the polls – which were conducted via phone – contrast sharply to the results Internet-based polls continue to show.
According to The Atlantic, research firm Morning Consult found 38 percent of people who answered via a website expressed support for Trump, compared to 32 percent of those who spoke to a call-center employee.
“A sizable percentage of poll respondents, though willing to punch a phone key to say they support Trump, are still too embarrassed to actually tell another human being,” writes Andrew McGill for The Atlantic.
The Quinnipiac University survey also asked voters whether they’d feel embarrassed or proud to have Hillary Clinton lead the country. Thirty-five percent of voters said they would be embarrassed to have Mrs. Clinton as president.
About one-third said they would feel proud, however - a larger percentage compared to Trump’s 23 percent.