New survey data indicates a majority a Republicans and Republican-leaners are more likely to trust President Donald Trump than the GOP leaders in Congress. The polling follows a trend of the majority of Republicans nationwide investing trust and approval in Trump despite his polarizing impact overall.
On Feb. 22, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 52 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents are more likely to trust Trump if he is ever at odds with the GOP majority in Congress. Of those surveyed, 34 percent said they would be more likely to trust the Republican leadership.
Younger Republicans were less likely to trust Trump than older party supporters. Only 36 percent of Republicans aged between 18 to 39 would trust the president if he disagreed with Congress while 52 percent would be more likely to trust the GOP leadership.
The data is not all negative for the GOP leadership in Congress: The survey found that Republican approval for their legislative leaders had more than doubled over the past two years. While only 26 percent of Republicans approved of their congressional leadership in 2015, that number has risen to 68 percent for 2017.
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Of those surveyed, 86 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents have a favorable view of Trump while 13 percent view him unfavorably. By comparison, 65 percent have a favorable view of Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, while 57 percent hold a favorable view of Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
One month into his term, Trump has had the most divisive polling of any modern president. Despite his polarization among the American population, polling has indicated that he is popular and trusted among the GOP base.
For example, the Pew poll found that while the vast majority held a favorable view of Trump, the data also found that only 41 percent of overall respondents viewed him favorably while 57 percent viewed him unfavorably.
On Feb. 22, a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 78 percent of Republican respondents trusted Trump to tell them the truth over the media, while only 13 percent would take the word of journalists over the president. By comparison, only 37 percent of overall respondents placed more trust in Trump while 52 percent said they looked more to the media to provide the truth.
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Aggregating the 14 national surveys released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 20, Real Clear Politics found that Trump currently has an average favorability of 42 percent with an average 50.9 percent view him unfavorably.