TRUMP BASHING NOW A LI­A­BIL­ITY

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Shrill crit­i­cism of Pres­i­dent Trump by the me­dia and other foes does not ap­pear to be a pro­duc­tive cam­paign tool.

“Few vot­ers think it will pay off for Trump’s op­po­nents in the next elec­tion,” says a Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey that finds that 43 per­cent of all likely vot­ers think there is too much Trump­bash­ing go­ing on in pop­u­lar cul­ture. That in­cludes 68 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 35 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and even 27 per­cent of Democrats.

Mean­while, 30 per­cent of vot­ers say there isn’t enough Trump­bash­ing, while 21 per­cent say the level is about right.

Bashing does not ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly in­flu­en­tial. Four-outof-10 of the re­spon­dents say on­go­ing at­tacks on the pres­i­dent will have no im­pact on their vote when the time comes. An­other 36 per­cent say the prac­tice ac­tu­ally will in­spire them to vote for a proTrump can­di­date. Less than a quar­ter say the crit­i­cisms will make them less likely to vote for the pro-Trump can­di­date.

The sur­vey found that women and older folks — who con­sis­tently head to the polls to ex­er­cise their civic duty — are par­tic­u­larly re­pelled by Trump-bashing, and are less likely to be in­flu­enced by it.

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