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Trump Supporters Not Put Off By Scandals, Poll Finds

| by Jordan Smith

A poll by Morning Consult has revealed that the various scandals faced by President Donald Trump since coming to office have only strengthened his popularity among his voters.

The survey, conducted March 16-19 among 1,927 registered voters, asked questions concerning seven contentious issues in the first two months of Trump's presidency, from his alleged ties to Russia to the reported discussion of national security issues at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The Mar-a-Lago incident prompted the highest percentage of respondents to say they had a less favorable view of Trump, with 46 percent saying so. 25 percent of Trump voters agreed, the highest percentage for any of the seven issues in the poll.

The next two issues which caused all voters to have a more negative view of Trump were his tweets accusing the American media of being the enemy of the people and his allegation that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. On both issues, 43 percent of all voters stated they had a less favorable view of Trump.

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But these two issues were the most likely to make Trump voters feel more positive about the commander in chief, according to the survey.

Morning Consult also noted that Trump's approval rating is around 50 percent. This is substantially different from a poll released by Quinnipiac University March 22, which put the president's job approval at 37 percent.

Unlike Morning Consult's survey, the Quinnipiac study suggested Trump is beginning to lose ground among his core supporters. It revealed support among Republicans stood at 81 percent, down from 91 percent March 7.

Majorities of men and white voters, two groups which had previously given Trump a positive approval rating, disapproved of his performance.

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"Most alarming for President Donald Trump, the demographic underpinnings of his support, Republicans, white voters, especially men and those without a college degree, are starting to have doubts," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, told Quinnipiac.

Other data indicates the divergence is linked to party affiliation. A Harvard-Harris poll found 87 percent of Republicans approving of Trump's job performance, while 80 percent of Democrats disapproved. Among independent voters, who made up 28 percent of the sample, 53 percent disapproved and 47 percent approved.

The Harvard-Harris poll was conducted March 14-16 among 2,092 people. The Hill reported that the poll and other online surveys tend to give Trump a higher approval rating than traditional phone polls.

Sources: Morning Consult, Quinnipiac University, The Hill / Photo credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Wikimedia Commons

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