Donald Trump commands hearts, not minds, according to this poll

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Sunday 20 August 2017 10:15
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On Friday the President's advisor Steve Bannon was fired from the administration, but Trump supporters do not care.

Bannon, the former chair of far-right news site Breitbart, was credited as the architect of the 'Make America Great Again' strategy that won Donald Trump the Presidency.

This, and the 'America First' approach to policy making, were key to Bannon's own position as chief strategist.

​It was expected that Bannon's removal would enrage the anti-globalist readers of Breitbart (who number in the millions in America), and also those Trump supporters that had been attracted to his 'MAGA' and 'America First' pronouncements.

A recent polls suggests it's likely they will not care.

According to a poll published by CNN, nearly six out of 10 voters who approve the President's job performance say there is nothing that he could do which would make them stop supporting him.

Nothing.

The poll, conducted by Monmouth University found 57 per cent of the President's supporters feel like there is nothing that he could do to change their minds.

The survey by Monmouth was conducted during the United the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia used violence, and included 805 adults in the United States.

It confirms that both supporters and opponents of the President have a dogmatic response to him and that attitudes towards him do not fluctuate with his relative performance in the role.

To explain this, CNN quotes a Trump rally held in January 2016 in Iowa, in which the President, boasting of his cult like following said:

I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.

Which is always reassuring.

Two tribes

The poll was broken down by Monmouth analysts, who said it worked out at 25 per cent of participants locked in support for the President, and 28 per cent locked against.

The remaining 47 per cent either did not know, or were open to changing their view of the President's job performance.

Of the quarter of respondents in adoration of Trump, the university found that, compared to the full US population they were more likely to be aged 55 and older, more likely to be non-Hispanic white, or hold a college degree.

There was an almost even split of male and female respondents in this category.

The 28 per cent locked in deadly hate with the President, are more likely to be women, non-white, and college graduates.

Their age range was almost even split, over 55s were 37 per cent, aged 35-54 were 38 per cent, and aged 18-34 constituted 26 per cent of the 'forever anti-Trump' block.

HT CNN

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