A wave of Republican officials abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, but, at least for now, rank-and-file Republicans are standing by the party’s presidential candidate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after audio was unearthed Friday that had the GOP nominee crudely bragging about groping women and trying to lure a married woman into an affair.
Overall, fewer than 4-in-10 voters — 39 percent — think Trump should end his presidential campaign, while only slightly more voters, 45 percent, think he should not drop out.
But voters are largely viewing Trump’s comments through their own partisan lens: 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should end his campaign, but just 12 percent of Republicans — and 13 percent of female Republicans — agree.
As of now, GOP voters largely want the party to stand behind Trump. Nearly three-quarters of Republican voters, 74 percent, surveyed on Saturday said party officials should continue to support Trump. Only 13 percent think the party shouldn’t back him.
Still, Hillary Clinton leads Trump in the four-way race for the White House by 4 percentage points, 42 percent to 38 percent, with 8 percent supporting Gary Johnson, 3 percent supporting Jill Stein and 9 percent undecided. Clinton also leads by four in a two-way race, 45 percent to 41 percent.
Operatives in both parties say they believe it will take several days — and Sunday night’s debate at Washington University in St. Louis — to have the video bake into the public consciousness.
Hillary wants Trump to drop out. So do her Democrat supporters in and out of the media. So do her Republican supporters, aka “#NeverTrump”.
The rest of America, not so much. In the real world, it is possible to disapprove of what Trump said eleven years ago and still vote for him. The tape is juicy and salacious, but it isn’t relevant to anything important.
We elected Bill Clinton knowing that he was a horndog. When we found out he was still humping around in the White House we didn’t want him impeached. The funny thing about the Monica Lewinsky scandal is that Bill’s approval ratings went up.
I will be watching the debate tonight, just to see how Trump handles this kerfluffle. I’m guessing this will be the highest rated debate ever.