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Over 10 Percent Of Trump Voters Wouldn't Re-Elect Him

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that more than one in 10 voters who cast a ballot for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election no longer support him. The data signals that the president could have difficulty winning re-election in 2020 if these voters remain disenchanted with his administration.

On July 12, a Yahoo! Finance survey of self-identified Trump voters around the country found that 83 percent were satisfied with the president's job performance while 12.6 percent said they were dissatisfied. The most problematic finding for the president was that 11 percent of respondents said they would not cast a ballot for him again.

The polling group surveyed these respondents to anecdotal reflections of why some Trump voters are already disillusioned with their candidate less than six months into his term.

Ohio resident Tom Dawe, 61, said that he voted for Trump because he could not bring himself to cast a ballot for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Trump voter said that he regretted his decision.

"If I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have voted for him, because I think he's a quack," Dawe said. "His talk about how everybody was going to prosper -- I fell for it."

Some respondents said that they grew skeptical of Trump's competence as commander-in-chief after he assumed office.

"I expected competence," said 74-year-old Fred Wedel of California. "The only thing I've seen is gross incompetence. ... I realized, he may know how to run his Trump business but he has no clue how to run a government."

Pennsylvania resident Cynthia Shearer, 67, expressed disappointment in Trump's Cabinet, noting that the president had appointed several members of Wall Street.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump had often blasted Clinton for her ties to the financial sector, pitching himself as a populist reformer.

"Hillary will never reform Wall Street," Trump tweeted out in July 2016. "She is owned by Wall Street!"

"All these bankers," Shearer reflected. "He needed to hire people, like maybe economists, but not these rich billionaires who are just going to help themselves. I think he's going to hurt the working and middle class."

Maine resident William Fenn, 57, blasted Trump's honesty, asserting that the president had squandered his credible.

"I get tired of the lies," Fenn said. "You can't believe any word he says. ... I had hoped that he would become more presidential."

On June 29, a Quinnipiac University poll found that only 38 percent national adults believed trump was honest while 57 percent said that he was dishonest.

One legislative issue that had the disenchanted Trump voters most on edge was health care. Florida resident Mike Comrie, 60, criticized the president's suggestion that Republican lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and figure out a replacement later in the event that their current health care bill fails to pass the Senate.

"I have not seen anything come out of the Trump administration that I think solves the problem with healthcare," Comrie said. "You don't just go and repeal Obamacare, because then what? You're removing something but you don't have anything to replace it with. ... [Trump] tends to shoot first and ask questions later."

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