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Trump: My Base Is Bigger 'Than Ever Before'

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump has asserted that his base of support is not only intact but flourishing after his first six months in office. The president's comments followed several polls that indicated that his base was actually shrinking.

On Aug. 7, Trump took to social media to tout his recent campaign-style rallies across states that had been crucial for his Electoral College win in November 2016.

"The Trump base is far bigger &  stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling)," Trump tweeted out. "Look at rallies in [Pennsylvania], Iowa, Ohio and West Virginia."

The president proceeded to tout his achievements since assuming office, adding that the controversies associated with his administration "have driven the Trump base even closer together."

"Hard to believe that with 24/7 [Fake] News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!" Trump concluded.

Trump was tweeting during his 17-day vacation from the White House. The president was residing at his own Trump Organization golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. On Aug. 5, the president asserted that his two weeks out of the White House were not a vacation, HuffPost reports.

"This is not a vacation -- meetings and calls!" Trump tweeted out.

While Trump asserted that his base was growing after half a year into his first term, recent polling has signaled the opposite.

On Aug. 2, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 33 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance while 61 percent disapproved. 57 percent of respondents said that they were embarrassed that Trump was the president and 57 percent believed that he was abusing the powers of his office.

On Jan. 22, the Gallup daily tracking poll found that 45 percent of national adults approved of Trump. By Aug. 6, the daily tracking survey found that only 38 percent of respondents approved of the president.

On July 12, a Yahoo Finance survey found that while 83 percent of self-identified Trump voters were satisfied by the president's job performance, 11 percent said that they would not vote for him again for re-election.

"I expected competence," 74-year-old Fred Wedel of California, a Trump voter, told Yahoo! Finance. "The only thing I've seen is gross incompetence... I am so disappointed in the arrogance he's running the office with. What I've seen so far is incompetence and I'm sorry I voted for him."

On Aug. 5, a survey conducted by the Republican public-affairs term Firehouse Strategies found that GOP support for Trump had dropped from 35 percent strongly favorable in April to 28.6 percent strongly favorable by August.

"Our data shows Trump losing support inside the Republican Party... Trump is getting into dangerously low territory in key swing states," Alex Conant of Firehouse Strategies told Axios.

Conant added "Trump cannot take continued GOP support for granted in swing states."

On Aug. 6, White House counselor and GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway stated that Trump needed to boost his base support.

"I would note too in some of the polling, which of course I scour daily on behalf of the president, his approval rating among Republicans and conservatives and Trump voters is down slightly," Conway told ABC News. "It needs to go up."

Sources: ABC NewsAxios, GallupHuffPostQuinnipiac University, Yahoo! Finance / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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