A wide majority of those who voted for Donald Trump approve of his job performance as president as he approached his 100th day in office, a new University of Virginia Center for Politics poll indicates.
Here are the survey's results:
- 93 percent of Trump voters approve of the job he's doing, while 7 percent disapprove.
- 42 percent strongly approve, while 51 percent somewhat approve.
- 70 percent said the country is headed in the right direction, compared to 22 percent who say the country is on the wrong track.
- 44 percent of men were strong approvers, while 39 percent of women strongly approved.
Voters over 65 were the only age group in which those who strongly approved of Trump's performance (48 percent) outnumbered those who somewhat approved (46 percent.)
"Trump voters are extraordinarily loyal and supportive of the guy they voted for last November. All the controversy, all the stuff you read in the media about how it's chaotic, how they don't have their act together — they don't see it," Glen Bolger, a Republican pollster, told Politico.
Trump voters praised the president for taking action quickly.
"He said he was going to do something, and he took immediate action… he hit the ground running. He went to work right away," a male Trump supporter said in an interview with Bolger's firm.
On the crucial issue of healthcare, just 5 percent of respondents held Trump responsible for the failing so far to appeal and replace Obamacare. Nearly half (48 percent) blamed Democrats, while 12 percent cited House Speaker Paul Ryan, 15 percent faulted moderate Republicans, and 21 percent blamed the House Freedom Caucus.
While Trump's voters also still back building of a wall on the border with Mexico, they prefer healthcare if forced to choose between the two issues.
The poll found that 72 percent rated construction of the wall at least "somewhat" important, but when faced with a choice between that and healthcare reforem two-thirds chose spending on healthcare.
Trump's use of Twitter has some of his voters on edge, with 19 percent saying that's the top reason they have doubts about voting for him.
Respondents overall were split on whether they approved of his tweeting — with 55 percent approving versus 45 percent disapproving.
The poll also found Trump voters don't trust the media, with 88 percent saying media criticism of Trump reinforces that the president is on the right track. The same percentage agreed with Trump's claim that the press is "the enemy of the American people."
The poll surveyed 1,000 Trump voters online from April 17 -19, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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