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Ex-Supporters in Focus Group Share Frustration with Trump

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By    |   Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 08:52 PM

A CBS News focus group discussion with people who once supported Republican nominee Donald Trump but now have serious doubts about that decision articulated the problems many are having with the candidate.

When asked why Trump has lost their support, one participant said that "When he initially began to run, he gave voice to a lot of the frustrations that I was feeling about how government is working or more to the point not working. But since then, he’s been running as a 12 year old and changes his positions every news cycle, so you don’t even know where he stands on the issues."

Another member of the group cited what she said was his tendency to speak without thinking in such an outrageous way, explaining that "He was my first choice, but just along the way… he's lost me."

The focus group was convened by Republican strategist Frank Luntz, and the comments were aired Sunday on "Face the Nation."

One of the members of the panel, which took place in Pennsylvania, cited Trump’s temperament as problematic. "Whenever somebody makes a derogatory comment to him … Trump feels like he needs to attack that person. And he says things that are crazy. And I keep asking myself: Is this the kind of person I want to handle the nuclear codes?"
When the focus group was asked what Trump needs to do to get back their support, several participants agreed that he must focus on the issues and talk more about the course of action he plans to take if elected.

One man said that Trump does not seem to realize that it was the issues he started to focus on at the start of his campaign that gained him so much support and less so his personality.

The panel member emphasized that "The more he made it about his personality, the less likely that I am to vote for him. … The last couple of weeks, I've seen kind of a pivot back to the issues, and that gives me a little bit more hope for him, but he’s yo-yo’d back and forth so many times I need to see a little bit more."

Despite the fierce criticism, more than half of those participating in the panel said they would still consider voting for him, mainly due to a negative impression of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"The other candidate is unfavorable in my estimation and I don’t have another choice," one woman said. "And I don't want to give up my vote, because I think that it would be worse not to vote."

Republican National Committee Reince Priebus told ABC that Trump's campaign staff shake-up this past week has helped him adopt a new style that he likes and that “what you're going to see is these polls will begin to tighten in the next couple of weeks and by Labor Day or thereafter, I think you're going to be back to an even race if we continue down this path."

Priebus also responded to the Pennsylvania focus group, telling CBS that "You have someone who is not politically correct, who, at times, has said some harsh things that even he admitted, versus someone who lies with incredible skill and grace. And so the question is whether or not in the fall … they want that outsider, they want that product that Donald Trump presents, not Hillary Clinton, but they also need to know that it’s going to be a safe product."

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