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Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll

PoliticsJul 17, 2019 04:44AM ET
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By Chris Kahn

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows.

The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.

Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has lost support, however, with Democrats and independents since the Sunday tweetstorm.

Among independents, about three out of 10 said they approved of Trump, down from four out of 10 a week ago. His net approval - the percentage who approve minus the percentage who disapprove - dropped by 2 points among Democrats in the poll.

Trump's overall approval remained unchanged over the past week. According to the poll, 41% of the U.S. public said they approved of his performance in office, while 55% disapproved.

The results showed strong Republican backing for Trump as the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution on Tuesday, largely along party lines, to condemn him for "racist comments" against the four Democratic lawmakers.

All four U.S. representatives - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - are U.S. citizens. Three were born in the United States.

The public response to Trump's statements appeared to be a little better for him than in 2017, after the president said there were "very fine people" on both sides of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In that instance, Trump's net approval dropped by about 10 points a week after the Charlottesville rally.

This time, while Democrats and some independents may see clear signs of racial intolerance woven throughout Trump's tweets, Republicans are hearing a different message, said Vincent Hutchings, a political science and African-American studies professor at the University of Michigan.

"To Republicans, Trump is simply saying: 'Hey, if you don't like America, you can leave," Hutchings said. "That is not at all controversial. If you already support Trump, then it's very easy to interpret his comments that way."

By criticizing liberal members of the House, Trump is "doing exactly what Republicans want him to do," Hutchings said. "He’s taking on groups that they oppose."

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English and gathered responses from 1,113 adults, including 478 Democrats and 406 Republicans in the United States. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 3 percentage points for the entire group and 5 points for Democrats or Republicans.

Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll
 

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PMSF Small
PMSF Small Jul 17, 2019 8:18AM ET
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People are too sensitive these days. Lets stop fighting about thr words we use and get the illegal immigration problem fixed
Al Vlaj
alvlaj Jul 17, 2019 8:18AM ET
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Here’s a solution. 50k fine for every instance of employing an illegal.
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Adrian White Jul 17, 2019 8:18AM ET
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Trump would be on that list of people who get fined.
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Silverbug 19 Jul 17, 2019 6:38AM ET
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Socialism does not belong in America
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alvlaj Jul 17, 2019 6:38AM ET
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Totally agree with you. Trump and his Venzuelan methods need to go.
Hugh MJF
HMJF Jul 17, 2019 6:35AM ET
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Ilhan Omarwas NOT born in the US
Jim Berm
Jim Berm Jul 17, 2019 6:35AM ET
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and that is why the article correctly stated that three of the four were born in the US.
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Lion King Jul 17, 2019 6:25AM ET
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we will see fake people from democrats vs a strong man . so we will see highly fake media vs Trump.
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Jason Zou Jul 16, 2019 9:34PM ET
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Amazing bunch of bigots, fixated on their unfounded prejudice. God bless them.
Zoltan McVeigh
Zoltan McVeigh Jul 16, 2019 9:34PM ET
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And the racial remarks made by each of these women?
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Albertross Jul 16, 2019 9:34PM ET
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They’ve made anti american and anti white remarks in the past year....
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Fred Smith Jul 16, 2019 8:16PM ET
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94% approval rating for Trump among registered Republican voters. Reagan was the highest at 87% , up to recently, among republicans before his reelection win over Mondale.
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Michael Angelo Jul 16, 2019 8:16PM ET
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Fred how much they pay you.
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Everyone I know is voting for him.
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Bagger Vance Copied from the article: “showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.” False how?
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Bagger Vance I (and many other Republicans) are voting for Weld in the primary. Bring some integrity anf fiscal resposibility back to the GOP. Trump complains about socialism yet spends worse than one. He embraces our enemies on the world stage.
 
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