Former President Donald Trump and his politics have only gotten more popular since he left office, according to a new column from the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.
Speaking with Bedard for his Washington Secrets column, pollster Jim McLaughlin revealed that the evidence shows “Trump and his agenda are more popular than ever.”
Breaking down the numbers
During his interview, McLaughlin discussed the findings of a McLaughlin & Associates CPAC preference poll taken after last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where Trump gave his first public speech since leaving office.
According to Bedard, the pollster found that 93% of respondents felt “the Washington establishment thinks they are better than ordinary people.” Ninety-seven percent said Congress needs to fight harder for the conservative agenda.
Meanwhile, 63% said that they are either angry or disappointed with the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Siding with Trump
But they don’t seem to be disappointed in Trump. According to McLaughlin, respondents to the poll overwhelmingly agreed with the former president’s line of thinking on several fronts.
Case in point: 93% of those surveyed said they believed there was fraud in the 2020 election, and that it helped President Joe Biden win the White House, as Bedard reported. Ninety-three percent also said that “Biden doesn’t have the mental capacity to be president.”
Nearly all respondents — 99% — said that it is time to get children back in school and the economy back open in the wake of COVID-19, something Trump has advocated for since before he left office.
“More popular than ever”
As McLaughlin put it: “[Trump’s] stuff worked. His issue agenda was a success.”
“Democrats, mainstream media, Big Tech, and the Washington establishment on both sides of the aisle are trying to cancel President Trump and his supporters, and the poll shows they won’t be silenced and they won’t be canceled,” the pollster told Bedard. “If anything, President Trump and his agenda are more popular than ever.”
And according to McLaughlin, Trump has Biden and the Democrats to thank. “The more they attack his issue agenda and his people, the stronger President Trump gets,” he said, according to Bedard.
The pollster concluded that if Dems continue down this path of demonizing Trump and his supporters, they’re setting themselves up for a big defeat in the 2022 midterm elections.