One Poll Sums Up Why Republicans Are Afraid To Endorse Trump

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About half of American voters say candidates who support Donald Trump are less likely to get their votes in upcoming elections.

A Morning Consult poll released Tuesday reports that if a public official expresses support for the Republican presumptive nominee, 38 percent of voters are “much less likely” to support that candidate and 11 percent said they are “somewhat less likely.” The poll, which surveyed 2,003 registered voters from May 5-9, found that only 33 percent of voters said endorsing Trump would make them more likely to support a candidate.

On the flip side, nearly half of voters said they were more likely to support a candidate opposing Trump. Thirty-four percent of independents said they are “much less likely” to support a candidate who supports Trump, while only 10 percent said they are “much more likely” to vote for a candidate who supports Trump.

“Voter concern with Trump is not limited to the Republican Party’s candidates,” Morning Consult reports. “Forty-one percent of respondents said Trump’s status as the likely Republican nominee gives them a much less favorable view of the party as a whole. And 59 percent of women said Trump’s nomination would give them a much less favorable view of the party. Trump’s effect on Hispanic voters is relatively muted by comparison: 41 percent of Hispanics said they had a less favorable view of the party.”

Candidates who support Trump, Morning Consult

Candidates Who Support Trump, Courtesy of Morning Consult

The poll comes as Republicans, particularly those facing re-elcetion in November, must decide if they will support Trump and how enthusiastic that support will be. Republican Speaker of the House [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore] said he was not yet ready to support Trump.

Other Republicans, like former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have given lackluster endorsements that essentially say they support Trump but don’t love doing it. Jindal published a piece in the Wall Street Journal Monday titled, “I’m Voting Trump, Warts and All,” where he acknowledges Trump’s shortcomings, but says he’s still better than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton to serve as the third term for the Obama administration’s radical policies,” Jindal wrote. “I am not pretending that Mr. Trump has suddenly become a conservative champion or even a reliable Republican: He is completely unpredictable. The problem is that Hillary is predictably liberal.”

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