According to The Hill, a new poll from NBC News shows that Republicans, more and more, are supporting former President Donald Trump over the Republican Party.
The poll was conducted by NBC News between Aug. 12 and 16. Some 1,000 registered voters were surveyed. The results were released on Sunday.
A key finding
What the pollster found is that 41% of Republican participants indicated that they support Trump more than they support the Republican Party. 50% said that they support the Republican Party over Trump.
These percentages may not seem favorable to Trump, and they are not. But, what is significant here is the trend, which is favorable to Trump.
In May, NBC conducted the same poll in which it found that only 34% of Republicans said that they support Trump over the Republican Party. At the time, 58% chose the party over Trump.
What this shows, is that Republican voters, in recent months, have significantly moved in favor of supporting Trump over the Republican Party.
The percentage of Republicans who said that they support Trump over the Republican Party went up seven percentage points since May. And, the Republicans who said that they support the Republican Party over Trump went down eight percentage points since May.
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What’s most surprising about this particular result from the poll is that, overall, more Republicans don’t support Trump over the Republican Party, particularly considering Trump’s popularity among Republican voters.
Perhaps, though, it is difficult to separate one from the other.
Trump, after all, has been playing a huge role in shaping the Republican Party both with his policies and with his candidate endorsements. Trump has also been successful in ousting eight of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him following the events of Jan. 6, 2021.
The pollster did ask voters a number of questions about the Capitol protests. 50% expressed their opinion that Trump is “solely” or “mainly” responsible for the protest, whereas 49% said otherwise.
Of those surveyed, a clear plurality – 41% – said that they have “very little” confidence that the House committee “investigating” the events of Jan. 6 will carry out a “fair and impartial investigation.” Nonetheless, 57% said that the various investigations that the Democrats are leading into Trump ought to continue.