Voters Trust Trump Much More Than Ryan, Poll Finds

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Registered Republican voters are much more likely to trust President Donald Trump over Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, according to a new CBS poll released Sunday.

CBS asked respondents to describe their views about Trump. Voters could define themselves as either “believers,” (21 percent) “conditionals,” (22 percent) “curious,” (21 percent) or “resisters,” (36 percent).

Trump has overwhelming authority over those who described themselves as Trump believers — 75 percent reported they trusted the president as their sole source of political information, and only 2 percent said the same of Ryan. Twenty-two percent of believers said they trusted both men equally.

Surprisingly, those in both the “believer” and “conditional” support categories agreed that Trump needed “to be his own kind of president,” although the conditionals were more likely to assert that, with 80 percent. Seventy-eight percent of believers reported the same belief.

Neither group was especially supportive of the GOP health care plan. Thirty-two percent of believers support the measure, and only 11 percent opposed. Fifty-seven percent of all believers reported it was too early to say if they supported the plan.

Conditionals were less likely to support the plan, with 15 percent approving the bill; 5 percent of those who were curious about if Trump supported the measure. Forty-three percent of voters in that category opposed the plan.

Overall, those who were Trump’s supporters believe that Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped during the campaign are correct, with 64 percent believing Trump’s statements. Only 14 percent of those who oppose Trump believe the wiretapping claims.

The poll included 2,129 respondents and ran from March 15 through March 17. The poll had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points in either direction.

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