NATIONAL PULSE – Most GOP voters think Trump was ‘the greatest ever’

File photo of Trump addressing Congress. (Screenshot)


January 18, 2021 – One of the most unprecedented transitions of U.S. power in modern history – set for Wednesday – will for millions of Americans simultaneously evoke anxiety over safety, celebration among those who voted for the winner, Joe Biden, and anger, despair, or disappointment among those who backed the loser, Donald Trump.

A new Angus Reid Institute public opinion survey finds that while Trump voters’ deference to his style, legacy, and future influence remains strong, a significant minority would like to turn the page.

Asked why they supported the Trump-Pence ticket in 2020, GOP voters fall into four distinct camps based on personality and policies. About a quarter point to admiration for Trump as their number one reason for voting Republican.

A slightly larger segment (30%) chose support for GOP policies as their primary motivation. The rest say their vote was driven by a dislike for the policies of the Democrats or disdain for Biden-Harris leadership.

Those choosing Trump himself as their number one motivation display almost total devotion to every dimension of his narrative. A majority (71%) believe that Trump “definitely won” the election. A further 20 per cent say Trump “probably won”.

Three-quarters believe that he should be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024 and almost as many (74%) say he is one of the greatest presidents in American history.

But for most the Republican voter universe – those driven by GOP policy or a dislike of the Democratic ticket – the change in administration marks a period of reckoning about what comes next.

Even among this latter group, a majority continues to believe in a future party molded by Trump-style politics, while about one-third of those who voted Republican – but not because of Trump – say it’s time for a different approach.

More Key Findings:

  • Asked to judge Trump’s legacy, just over half (52%) of 2020 Republican voters proclaim he was one of the “greatest presidents ever” while nearly one-third (29%) say he was “above average”; one-in-ten (8%) dismiss him as one of the “worst presidents ever” while nevertheless voting GOP.
  • Income and education levels were significant drivers of why Republican voters chose the GOP. Those in a lower income and education strata were more likely to cast their ballot based on the candidate; those in higher income and education brackets say they were motivated by GOP policies.
  • Regardless of why they voted Republican, GOP voters are seized by rejection and doubt over the 2020 election results; more than half (54%) say Trump “definitely” won the election while about half that number (28%) say he “probably” won. The rest are divided between their belief that Biden “probably” (12%) or “definitely” (5%) won.

Link to the poll here:

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3 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – Most GOP voters think Trump was ‘the greatest ever’

  1. David, you do not have to go to the USA to run into Trump followers. We have plenty of them right here in Canada. If you read the comments people leave or read social media, you will find the same mentality. The worst part of it is that they are mostly all anti mask, anti vaccine, there is no pandemic. We have our own version of the Trump supporting Republicans right here.

  2. Most disturbing

  3. “(74%) say he is one of the greatest presidents in American history”

    Thats it, I’m done.

    A number of years ago, I decided to rethink about continuing with travels and vacations to the US, which I followed up with a solid choice to not directly support the US with my spending dollar by crossing the border.

    Now not only will I not travel there (Covid aside), I now actively choose non American products while shopping, and go for products made pretty much anywhere else (and ya … I know how problematic that can be considering the human right issues attached to that).

    Thats not just because of trump himself, he should have just gone down in history as a one term opportunist who took advantage of a political climate in 2016, and followed up with 4 years of psychopathic mismanagement, to be summarily dumped when people wake up to the horror of what they did. But that didnt happen. In 2020 when he should have received 20% of the vote, resulting in him disappearing into history … he almost won again … whaaaat?

    My new problem is the massive 70+ million vote support he received during this election. How so many people can lower their standards so far, in so many ways, really makes me not want to have anything to do with them as a whole population group … even as an economic partner. Are half the population … as sick as he is?

    Maybe one day, I will come to accept what happened here, but its going to take a long time. If I vacationed there now, I would be bumping into Americans and constantly wondering
    “did this one vote for him?”

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