Since President Donald Trump won the election in November 2016, many news outlets and social media sites have shared stories from voters who supported the Republican nominee and went on to regret it. But a new poll reported vastly different findings, with fewer than four percent of those who cast their ballots for Trump saying that they regret it.
The Washington Post survey, conducted in late February, found that only 12 out of the 339 respondents who said that they voted for Trump (46 percent of the poll, which is in line with the national percentage of voters who supported him in November) would not vote for him again if they had the chance to go back.
Most of those who said they would take back their votes told pollsters that they withdrew their support from the president based on what he has done so far in the White House. One respondent said that they thought "he has moved kinda fast" with new immigration and abortion laws, while another said more generally that they do not "like his decisions so far."
"Trump cannot get out of his own way," one person responded in part. "He won't stop running his mouth and has no humility."
Indeed, comments such as these have dominated much of the dialog on social media and in news reports. A Twitter page called "Trump Regrets" has 256,000 followers and has shared nearly 2,000 tweets from people who reportedly voted for Trump and now wish that they hadn't.
"I voted for you and it was a terrible decision on my part!!" one Twitter user wrote to the president, which Trump Regrets then retweeted. "[Please] quit and make America respectable again."
Others on the page explained more specific reasons for their changes of heart, from the proposed repeals to the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare," to federal budget cuts.
"I voted for you and now your proposed budget cuts are throwing me under the bus!" said another. "No More Trump."
But The Post's poll suggests that these statements have been over-reported by the media and only comprise a small segment of those who cast their ballots for Trump. Indeed, only one in four of regretful Trump voters said that, given the chance to redo their votes, they would support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Republican support for the president remains strong, according to the poll, while the vast majority of those who voted for him stood by their decision and offered only words of encouragement for Trump.
"You are doing a wonderful job," one person said in a message to the president. "Keep on doing what you are doing. The American people are behind you. Only those who do not respect … you are dissenting."