Critics of President Donald Trump may point to the defections of a pair of Senators as proof of disunity in the GOP but the latest polling from Rasmussen Reports shows Republican voters continue to stand with Trump.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely GOP Voters believe the Republican Party should be more like the president. Just 33% feel the party should be more like Senate Republicans instead.
This stands in stark contrast to the prevailing wisdom among MSM pundits and critics of Trump which says that the decisions of Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake not to run again were proof of GOP disunity. Flake even called on fellow Republicans in Congress to call out Trump in the future. The fact that none have may have something to do with the views of GOP voters. More American voters say their views align with the Republicans than with Democrats and of those siding with the Republicans, more identify with Trump than Congress.
48% of Likely U.S. Voters say that when it comes to major issues facing the nation, their views are closest to Republicans in Washington, including 34% who are more aligned with Trump and just 14% who relate more to the average Republican in Congress. Forty-three percent (43%) of voters say their views are more closely aligned with the average congressional Democrat when it comes to major issues facing the nation.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republican voters say their views are closest to Trump’s, while just 26% say that of the average GOP member of Congress.
Interestingly, more voters (45%) see Trump as governing like a third party president than see him governing like a Republican (43%).
As for approval, Trump remains in the mid forties with 44% saying they approve of the job the president is doing.