Politics

Poll: Trump Scandals Make Trump Voters Like Him More

| by Michael Allen

While President Donald Trump continues to garner low poll numbers during the early days of his administration, which has been racked with scandals, a new poll shows that Trump voters actually like the president more because of the scandals.

Morning Consult notes that its new poll asked voters if seven scandals made them view Trump more or less favorably. In all seven scandals, Trump came out ahead among Trump voters, but behind with all voters.

One of the seven scandals -- Trump's alleged discussions about national security issues and North Korea on the terrace of his Mar-a-Lago golf club -- gave him a net change of -27 with general voters, but a +2 among Trump voters.

When Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him during the 2016 election, Trump's favorability received a net change of -20 among all voters, but shot up among Trump voters by +21.

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Trump's labeling of the media as the "enemy" of the American people on Twitter gave him a net change of -15 with all voters, but a massive +31 among Trump voters.

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who reportedly lied to Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Russia, gave a net change of -15 among all voters, but a boost of +16 with Trump voters.

Trump voters went up +16 for Trump when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations of Russia/Trump campaign contacts because Sessions had his own contacts with the Russian ambassador. However, that got a -12 net change among the general public.

A Gallup poll of the general American public found on March 22 that Trump's approval rating was at 39 percent, while his disapproval rating was at 56 percent.

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In more voter news, Cambridge Analytica, a data firm, has created "profiles" on more than 200 million American voters, notes The New Yorker.

While data gathering is nothing new, Cambridge Analytica is partially funded to the tune of $5 million by Robert Mercer, a wealthy hedge-fund manager who also contributed to the Trump campaign in 2016.

Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, said that his company's "profiles" on 220 million Americans are made up of several thousand data points about each voter.

Nix once said publicly: "Persuading somebody to vote a certain way is really very similar to persuading 14- to 25-year-old boys in Indonesia to not join Al Qaeda."

The Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytica during the election, as did backers of the Brexit campaign in the UK.

Cambridge Analytica is an American affiliate of Strategic Communication Laboratories, which is based in London.

Sources: Morning Consult, Gallup, The New Yorker / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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