Shocking poll: Forty percent of Republicans won’t vote for Trump if he’s the nominee

Trump-winAccording to a Suffolk University poll released earlier this week, only 60 percent of Republicans will vote for Donald Trump if he’s the nominee.

According to the numbers on page 23 of the poll, seven percent said they would vote for the Democrat — which will quite likely be Hillary Clinton.  Nine percent said they would seriously consider a third party challenger while seven percent said they would stay home.  Thirteen percent were undecided and “Other” came in at four percent.

The far-left wing Politics USA celebrated the news, but falsely claimed that “19% of Republicans say they will support Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination.”

But that’s not what the poll says — at all.

It seems the writer at Politics USA got the numbers confused, reporting the actual number of people who said they would vote for the Democrat as the percentage, when quick math shows that’s not the case.

Moreover, the poll doesn’t ask if voters would pick Clinton over Trump.  Specifically, the poll question reads: “If (Cruz/Kasich/Trump) isn’t nominated, come November would you vote for the Republican nominee, vote for the Democratic nominee, seriously consider a third party candidate, or stay home and not vote?”

Notice, if you will, that “vote for Clinton” is not a choice.  The article also failed to report that things weren’t much better for the Democrats, with about 33 percent saying they would either vote for the Republican, a third party or not vote at all.

Politics USA added:

Donald Trump is a weapon of mass Republican destruction. The door is open for Hillary Clinton to build a gigantic general election coalition by attracting nearly 20% of Republicans to her campaign. One suspects that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of how bad a Donald Trump nomination will be for the Republican Party.

That may be correct if the numbers they reported were accurate.  They aren’t, though, which is not too surprising…

Granted, it doesn’t look good right now, but if Trump is the nominee and if he goes after Hillary the way he’s gone after his GOP opponents, that may very well change.



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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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