On Thursday, following the controversy over President Trump’s tweets regarding the quartet of freshman Congresswoman known as the ‘The Squad’ may have caused an increase in his approval rating among voters identifying as Republicans.
According to Reuters, “..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 poll further indicated, "Following the President’s remarks on twitter, his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%. He did, however, lose support from Democrats and independents. 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. 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 poll suggests that Trump's strategy of putting American patriotism first is resonating with his base.
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