Four in 10 voters support President Trump but stay silent about it, a new poll says.
According to the study, Trump supporters may even be hesitant to tell pollsters about their views, thus Trump's actual support may be significantly higher than some polls suggest.
If almost 40% of voters are afraid to tell people they might approve of Trump or agree with his policies, maybe there are some voters who are afraid to tell pollsters they support him in a horserace question, or approve of his job as commander in chief. Our polling numbers were steady during 2016, and showed a very competitive race between Clinton and Trump but there were moments when it was hard to discern how well Trump was performing in certain parts of the country.
While the numbers do not differentiate among most subgroups, there does seem to be a partisan element to this issue when it comes to whether voters agree or disagree with idea of being afraid to admit they support or agree with Trump. Among groups that are more likely to lean Republican or support Trump, they were most likely to agree they do not openly share their support for Trump. Voters who are Republican (58%), NRA members (51%), Veterans/Armed forces (48%), NASCAR fans (54%), voters who earn $50k-$75k annually (51%), and most surprisingly 58% of those who say they sympathize with ANTIFA, all agreed with the idea they tell people they don't approve of Trump but secretly support some of his policies.
To many, these findings are likely not surprising. The left and the mainstream media have a seething hatred for Trump, anyone who expresses even modest support or sympathy for the president is at risk of being branded a racist or bigot.
The results reinforce the idea of a "silent majority." Trump supporters may not be out in the street protesting with picket signs, making their voices heard, but that's because they're busy working. These Americans may be quiet about their views, even when asked about who they support, but on voting day they show up at the polls.
Last year before the presidential election, nearly every poll showed that Hillary Clinton would win handily. It came as a shock to the nation's leading journalists and analysts when Trump won traditionally blue-leaning states, such as Michigan and Wisconsin.
As the left continues to tirelessly vilify Trump, it has become difficult to gauge just how strong the president's support base is. But one thing is for certain: left-wing elites and the mainstream media would be stupid to underestimate the silent majority. They did it once, and they'll be in for another rude awakening in 2020 if they do it again.