Pew poll: GOP voters praise Trump's results but not his rhetoric

Monday, March 9, 2020
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Trump press conferenceA poll finds more than half of Americans don't like the way Donald Trump conducts himself but the president has a response: I fight back.

The poll conducted by Pew Research found that 53 percent of U.S. adults do not like the way the president conducts himself in office. Another 30 percent have mixed feelings about it, and only 15 percent are fans of the president's behavior.

As one might expect, Democrats are far more critical than Republicans: 85 percent of Democrats don’t like the way Trump conducts himself, and a bare one percent like his conduct.

Yet only 31 percent of Republicans like the way the president acts. Another 50 percent have “mixed feelings,” and 16 percent say they don’t like his conduct.

Trump, meanwhile, was asked about his conduct at a televised Fox News townhall, when a supporter asked him about the “controversial rhetoric” he uses against his opponents.

CNN report on Trump's mental stability “When they hit us, we have to hit back. I feel that,” replied Trump, who went to to tell the friendly audience he labels the media “fake news” because it is aligned with Democrats to destroy him.

 “There's two ways of doing it: Turning your cheek,” he continued. “But I wouldn't be sitting up here if I turned my cheek.”  

Dr. Robert Jeffress, who serves as a spiritual advisor to President Trump, tells OneNewsNow that response sounds familiar.

“That's what he has said to me for the last five years,” Jeffress says. “He says, I'm a counterpuncher, and if somebody hits me, I hit back ten times harder. Admittedly that's not quite the turn-the-other-cheek mentality.”

Pew surveyed 6,395 adults February 3-15 for the poll.

"Kill Trump" graffitiAfter a career of fighting for survival in New York City's real estate world, Trump shook up the political world when he declared he was running for the GOP nomination. Many viewed it as publicity stunt by the veteran reality TV star, but Trump went on the attack: He openly mocked his Republican opponents during the primary, such as "Little Mario" and "Lyin' Ted."

Then he pivoted to Democrats such as “Crooked Hillary” when he won the nomination, and last week the president of the United States was mimicking Mike Bloomberg's podium-challenged height in front of a cheering campaign crowd. 


As for the poll itself, Jeffress suspects many of the respondents gave Pew Research what it wanted to hear instead of openly defending the president’s bare-knuckles strategy.

“I think a lot of people think they're supposed to say, Oh, I don't like the tweets and I don't like this and I don't like that, thinking that that's what they're supposed to say,” Jeffress observes, “when it may not reveal their true feelings.”

Elsewhere in the poll, in fact, 80 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents told Pew they agree with Trump on many or nearly all issues facing the country.


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