Majority Of GOP Voters Want Party To Rally Around Trump

| by Robert Fowler
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New and thorough polling indicates that the majority of Republican voters are ready to embrace their presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Democratic voters appear to be far more enthusiastic than their Republican counterparts about the state of their party.

On May 19, a New York Times/CBS News poll taking stock of the 2016 presidential election was released. The survey results found that 8 in 10 Republican voters now want their party leaders to fall in line behind Trump.

This is reflected in how GOP voters have picked sides in the split between Trump and the House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who had withheld his endorsement of the party standard bearer.

A May 17 poll conducted by NBC News/SurveyMonkey found that 58 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters trust Trump to lead the party over Ryan, with only 39 percent siding with the House Speaker.

In the New York Times/CBS News poll, Trump’s unfavorables among Republicans has dropped to 21 percent, a 15 percentage-point drop from his unpopularity in April.

Despite being ready to unify around the candidate, Republican voters signal that they are disenchanted with what their party itself has become. A whopping 84 percent agreed that their party was divided, with only 55 percent hopeful about the future of the GOP.

In comparison, only 48 percent of Democratic respondents agreed that their party is divided. 80 percent are mostly hopeful about the direction of their party. This is all despite the Democratic primary continuing past the GOP contest, having become increasingly bitter.

A rowdy group of Sanders supporters became aggressive during the Nevada caucus, throwing accusations of foul play when Clinton was awarded more delegates. The senator refused to apologize and instead issued a statement slamming the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post reports.

In the survey, 28 percent of Sanders supporters said that they would never support Clinton, the likely nominee, in a general election. This may sound dramatic, but it is notable that when the same survey was conducted in 2008, 40 percent of Clinton supporters said they would never support Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

The polling also signaled that both Clinton and Trump would be remarkably unpopular presidential nominees. Only 31 percent of respondents said Trump shared their values, while only 37 percent said the same about Clinton.

Only 31 percent of respondents found Trump trustworthy, while only 32 percent could say the same of Clinton. Additionally, 55 percent of respondents thought Trump had strong qualities as a leader, while 54 percent believed Clinton did, as well.

The only area where one candidate has a clear advantage over the other is temperament, as 48 percent of respondents said that Clinton had the right temperament for office while only 27 percent thought Trump did.

Sources: NBC NewsThe New York Times, Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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