Media Aghast as Best Efforts Fail To Drop Trump Approval Below 79% Among GOP After Summit


Since before he even took office, the media has been working diligently to try and drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his rather solid base of support among Republicans.

That effort was redoubled and shifted into overdrive this week following Trump’s summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin — a meeting that the liberal media has portrayed as potentially “treasonous” and perhaps the worst thing to ever occur in the history of our nation.

But if the media thought their over-the-top, hair-on-fire freakout over Trump’s failure to figuratively slap Putin on the world stage and publicly admonish him for allegedly “hacking” and interfering in the 2016 election would serve to separate Trump from his base, a report from The Hill shows just how wrong that assumption truly was.

That report cited a new poll, which showed that nearly 80 percent of Republicans thought that Trump had performed appropriately at the summit and approved of his remarks during the joint media briefing at the conclusion.

That poll was conducted by Axios and Survey Monkey, and revealed that 79 percent of Republicans approved of the manner in which Trump handled the press conference with Putin, while only 18 percent of Republicans registered their disapproval.

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Of course, some 91 percent of Democrats disapproved of Trump’s remarks, and the negative media coverage may have had an effect on independent voters, as they disapproved of Trump’s comments by a margin of 62 to 33 percent.

Overall, Trump’s press conference earned around 40 percent approval and 58 percent disapproval — numbers that might compel some in the liberal media to continue to press their incessant assault on Trump’s base of support.

However, Axios concluded from those results that President Trump’s detractors will likely find it increasingly difficult to find any sort of action or remark by Trump that can be used to disrupt his “overwhelming and probably unbreakable party support,” regardless of what that might be.

In other words, despite the deluge of highly negative news with regard to virtually anything and everything said or done by Trump — or perhaps because of it — Trump’s base of support among Republicans only grows more solid and “unbreakable.”

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Looking deeper into the demographic breakdown and additional questions of the poll, it was revealed that the whole Trump/Russia “collusion” investigation — likely to include the Robert Mueller special counsel probe — was viewed largely as a “distraction” by 85 percent of Republicans, with only 14 percent suggesting it was a “serious” issue.

Conversely, Democrat numbers were exactly flipped — 85 percent think it is “serious” compared to 14 percent who say it’s a “distraction” — and independents appeared fairly split, with 56 percent calling it serious while 43 percent said it was a distraction.

Furthermore, Trump maintains solid support among his base when it came to the question of whether or not voters trusted the Trump administration to take steps to ensure similar meddling and interference wouldn’t occur in the 2018 midterm elections.

Some 86 percent of Republicans said they trusted Trump’s administration in that regard either “a lot” or “a little,” while some 94 percent of Democrats said they trusted the administration “not much” or “not at all.” Independents broke toward the left on that question, with 64 percent expressing distrust compared to only 33 percent that did trust the administration to prevent similar meddling efforts.

Separately, the poll showed that 92 percent and 91 percent of Republicans approved of Trump’s job performance and Trump himself, respectively, again displaying just how solid his support is among the base of his party. Those numbers were of course flipped almost exactly for Democrats, and Independents leaned away from Trump by a roughly 2-1 margin on those approval questions.

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All told, Trump earned “strong” or “somewhat” approval on his job performance by 45 percent of voters as opposed to 53 percent of voters who disapproved of the job he’s done thus far either “strongly” or “somewhat.” His personal approval numbers were virtually the same, 45 percent approve to 52 percent disapprove.

With all of that said, it should become rather obvious to the anti-Trump media that in spite of their best (or worst) efforts at undermining Trump’s support among the base — and they’ve thrown just about everything imaginable at him already — Trump’s supporters aren’t going anywhere but the polls to cast a vote in support of their president come election day.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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