Exclusive: Western Journal Survey of Ohio GOP Finds Trump Support Far Higher Than Expected


A new survey finds close to 100 percent of Ohio’s most likely Republican voters hold a favorable view of President Donald Trump.

The Western Journal conducted the poll during the first week of April targeting those affiliated with the Republican Party and those who identify as conservative through Facebook.

The survey then pulled out the 1,100 respondents who indicated that they plan to vote in the Buckeye State’s May 8 primary, which will decide the GOP nominees for the U.S. Senate and governor, among other races.

Of these respondents in the key swing state, more than 96 percent said they had a favorable view of Trump.

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Additionally, 94 percent reported they wanted their taxes cut, which certainly syncs nicely with the president’s signature legislative achievement: December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Further, 81 percent reported being better off now than they were two years ago, while 15 percent said they were not.

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Ninety-eight percent believe the United States has an illegal immigration problem, which is another Trump bellwether issue.

Other statistics that play in the president’s favor were that 81 percent describe themselves as pro-life, and 26 percent had served in the military.

Finally, 97 percent support the efforts of the National Rifle Association to protect the nation’s Second Amendment rights.

According to the poll, Lieutenant Gov. Mary Taylor is the clear front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination with 51 percent support, while Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine garners 17 percent and 30 percent remain undecided.

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In the U.S. Senate race, nearly half of all respondents (48 percent) have yet to make a decision.

Businessman Mike Gibbons registered the highest support among the candidates at 21 percent, followed by Congressman Jim Renacci with 17 percent, while political activist Melissa Ackison held 10 percent.

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Those who participated in the survey skewed male, 64 percent to 36 percent, and older, with 78 percent being 50 or above.

The poll was conducted from April 2 – 9. Additional findings from the poll can be found here.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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