23 October 2018
Erosion of support among his voter base poses a potential challenge for Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Erosion of support among his voter base poses a potential challenge for Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

One in 8 who voted for Trump having second thoughts: poll

About one in eight Americans who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election said they are not sure they will do so again, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The voters are having second thoughts after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, the poll suggests.

While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said they will back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president, Reuters noted.

Trump, who won the White House with the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020.

The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots.

While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the latest poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters was carried out first in May and then again in July.

In the July survey, 12 percent of respondents said they will not vote for Trump “if the 2016 presidential election were held today”.

Eighty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump again, a slight improvement over the May figure of 82 percent. 

The minority of Trump voters who said they will not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds.

Some were tired of his daily trolling of Democrats, the media and the judiciary. Some were disappointed that the Trump administration has not yet swept illegal immigrants out of their communities.

Others said the president has not ended the mistrust and hyper-partisanship in Washington as much as they had hoped.

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