Why Trump's Base of Support May Be Smaller Than It Seems

President Donald Trump listens as he is introduced during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

President Donald Trump listens as he is introduced during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

For Trump's policy issues, 75 percent of those polled said they support Trump's pledge to bargain with worldwide companies to keep jobs in the United States; 68 percent support his willingness to take action against North Korean nuclear development; 66 percent support his use of military force to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons; and 53 percent back his travel ban targeting six majority-Muslim countries.

Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to regain control of the House, and three seats to take control of the Senate.

Even the most recent Russian Federation revelations seemingly haven't dented support for Mr. Trump among Republicans, who continue to approve of his job performance at very high rates - 82 percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, for instance. But they can prolong the process to an excruciating degree and are doing so in many cases, giving Senate Republicans and the White House fits.

For the die-hard Trump supporter, polls don't account for much, especially when the media drools over the president's historic low approval ratings. But in mid-April, the US government signed a lease committing taxpayers to foot the bill for a 3,475-square-foot military support office in Trump Tower through at least September 2018, for $2.39 million, or $130,000 a month, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing documents obtained through a freedom of information request.

People living in counties that helped elect Trump largely supported him on key issues like keeping jobs in America, dealing with North Korea and his response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria - 75 percent, 68 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Just over half of voters say Trump will not be a factor in their votes.

The poll, which was conducted between July 10-13 of this year, asked likely voters in the 2018 election, "Would you rather see the next Congress controlled by Democrats, to act as a check on Trump, or controlled by Republicans to support Trump's agenda?" Of the eight GOP seats, forecasters and party campaign committees consider only two to be genuinely competitive. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points and a sampling error of four points for the 859 registered voters.

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