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Trump’s Supporters Losing Faith, Despite Better Approval Ratings

Written by Philip Hodges

Right after Trump was inaugurated, he enjoyed a 45-percent approval, coupled with an equal 45-percent disapproval rating. On March 28, his favorability hit an all-time low of 35 percent, according to Gallup’s daily job approval tracker.

Since then, however, they’ve gone back up. Not to the level they were when he was inaugurated, but not far behind. On April 4, according to Gallup, he scored a 42-percent approval rating. As of Friday, they’ve dropped to 39 percent.

Now, couple this overall ratings rebound with some anecdotal evidence that a lot of Trump’s supporters are ‘losing faith’ in him amid some stark policy changes, likely fueled in large part by the White House rift between the Bannon ‘nationalists’ and the Kushner ‘globalists.’

Ever since Bannon got kicked to the curb and essentially replaced by Trump’s son-in-law Jared, the President’s taken some major liberties in changing the policy stances that arguably won him the White House. Check this out from Breitbart News correspondent Raheem Kassam:

President Trump’s base appears to be growing concerned with the direction of his administration, against the backdrop of a number of drastic policy shifts from the campaign period as well as his first few weeks in office.

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It’s not all bad news for the President, but it is a warning to be heeded. Here in Michigan, Trump voters, campaigners, and low-level donors expressed concern to this Breitbart News correspondent on the recent change in his direction — citing the travel ban, border control, and the power of his relatives in his administration as key areas of concern.

“We’re watching a man who can take action every single day,” Jeff, a long-standing Trump supporter, told me. He went on:

He doesn’t need to go to Congress. He can take action. We’re watching him carefully. We’re talking about people who have lives to live. Grandchildren to take care of. And we’re watching actions day to day and they’re falling flat. They’re receding from why we put the man there, and it is extremely, it is more than stressful. We’re keeping track, we’re watching it. We do not want to hear about family members having an impact. We voted. We have high expectations for impact.

Not everyone was so glum, however. One local cab driver dismissed such concerns, telling me that President Trump would listen to whomever he had to on a variety of issues, and if they tried to “bounce him” too much, he’d push back, perhaps even stop listening.

I asked him, given his sunny disposition on the issue, “Do you think the border wall will be built?”

He shot me a wry smile in his rear view mirror: “No. But I don’t think it matters.”

“I might take a permanent break [from Trump]!” said Cindy, a local Republican Party activists who admits to having preferred Sen. Ted Cruz in the primaries.

“Oh no you’re not!” her friend shot back. They laughed heartily about her irritation, but she continued still: “I look every day to see if he put that [travel] ban on. I look every day,” she said, insisting that the White House had not done enough to force through President Trump’s executive order pausing the flow of refugees and calling for extreme vetting.

Some even stated they’d be hard to win back, even though it’s been fewer than 100 days for President Trump’s administration.

Penny, a middle-aged woman, weighed in with similar concerns:

“I feel like it’s gone so far now the wrong way that it’s going to take something magnificent on his part to get people back. We’re fish that are off the hook right now. He only has one small chance to get us hooked again.

“Jared and Ivanka were not on the ballot. I did not vote for them, nor would I if given the opportunity. There is a reason we have anti-nepotism rules. The fact that they were aided by the odious Jamie Gorelick in circumventing those rules pours salt in our wounds.

“Now it looks like the counterbalance of Bannon and Kellyanne is being marginalized. President Trump seems to have forgotten the loyal supporters who have been behind him since the early primary days. I feel so very betrayed.”

The healthcare debacle was pretty embarrassing, but I don’t think that shook up his base as much as his decision to bomb Syria. His supporters didn’t blame him for not being able to work out an Obamacare repeal and replacement plan. His supporters largely blamed the GOP leadership, notably Paul Ryan.

It seems that ever since he’s allowed himself to be controlled by the more liberal wing of the White House, he’s taken on a more ‘traditional’ presidential role, like Obama and Bush before him. It has had the effect of angering his base, but also gathering support from more establishment-type voters. Even the mainstream media have spoken highly of him since he’s taken ‘decisive’ military action.

If the goal of the President’s advisors is to garner for him more positive media coverage, and increase his overall approval ratings, then Trump’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s learning to be a politician and play the game. Go along to get along. Stop trying to rock the boat so much. Keep the insiders in and shut the outsiders out.

Being a true outsider in a sea of insiders is virtually impossible. It takes a tremendous amount of moral character and resolve, something that most people today simply don’t have.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


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