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Trump Supporters Back Him Because Of His Conduct

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A new poll indicates that President Donald Trump's supporters back him because of his behavior, rather than in spite of it.

The Pew Research survey, conducted Aug. 15 to 21 among 1,893 people, found that 34 percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents approve of Trump's conduct as president. This is more than double the 16 percent overall who approve of his behavior.

The poll also found that among conservative Republicans, 40 percent of respondents think he should listen less to senior Republicans when it comes to deciding how to govern.

A separate survey carried out by Pew Aug. 8 to 21 among 4,971 adults also revealed that for Trump's backers, his personality is the most popular thing about him.

More than half (54 percent) of the 36 percent who approved of Trump's performance as president mentioned something about his personality or general approach as being the main reason for their view. The next most common response was policies, which were mentioned by 14 percent.

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Respondents referred to Trump's candor and the fact that he doesn't behave like a typical politician.

A number of recent reports give examples of this phenomenon. Axios detailed a discussion in the White House between Trump and his advisers about trade policy with China.

"For the last six months, this same group of geniuses comes in here all the time and I tell them, 'Tariffs. I want tariffs,'" Trump said, according to Axios.

He then reportedly explained to his chief of staff, John Kelly, why no progress had been made toward adopting tariffs.

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"John, let me tell you why they didn't bring me any tariffs," Trump added. "I know there are some people in the room right now that are upset. I know there are some globalists in the room right now. And they don't want them, John, they don't want the tariffs."

Globalist is the term used by Breitbart News and other right-wing publications to refer to those opposed to economic nationalist policies.

Trump also reportedly expressed his frustration with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after an meeting on Afghanistan.

"Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking," Trump said, according to Axios' sources.

But not everyone likes Trump's behavior in office.

Among the 63 percent of respondents who disapprove of Trump, the most common response when asked what they like about him was "nothing." Even among Republicans, 46 percent said they have mixed feelings about his conduct, and 19 percent said they disapprove.

Sources: Pew Research, Axios, (2) / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr / Embedded Images: The White House/Flickr, U.S. Department of State/Flickr

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