Friday, 11 December 2015

Poll: GOP voters don’t care if Trump lacks compassion

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Donald Trump is resonating with likely Republican voters because he is decisive rather than compassionate, honest or likeable, a poll released Friday says.
Nearly all Republicans — 9 in 10 — view decisiveness and competence as extremely or very important qualities in a president next year, according to the new Associated Press-GfK survey. And Trump is viewed as “very or somewhat decisive” by 80 percent of Republicans.
About 75 percent also believe he is the GOP White House hopeful most capable of winning the 2016 general election, it added.
Friday’s sampling was conducted before Trump called for a ban on admitting Muslims into the U.S. earlier this week.
Pollsters found that Republican voters are less concerned with their party’s presidential candidates appearing compassionate, however.
Just 60 percent say compassion as an important quality, while 50 percent say that likeability is a valuable trait.
Only 31 percent see Trump as compassionate, pollsters found, and just 43 percent reported him as likeable.
Friday’s results additionally found that 50 percent view Trump as honest, making that quality of lesser importance heading into 2016 as well.
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) is the Republican White House hopeful viewed as most decisive after Trump, Friday’s survey said.
About 56 percent rate Cruz as “somewhat or very decisive,” while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson ranks third with 53 percent.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) then takes 52 percent in that category, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) ranks fifth with 42 percent voter support of his own.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that negative criticisms of his rhetoric stem from media bias and inaccurate reporting, and about 67 percent of Republican voters believe the media treats Trump unfairly, higher than any other GOP presidential candidate.
AP-GfK conducted its latest sampling of 333 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters via online interviews from Dec. 3-7. It has a 3.4 percent margin of error.

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