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Donald Trump Supporters Trust Him More Than Family, Friends, And Pastors

No matter what transpires in the upcoming weeks and months, it appears that supporters of Donald Trump are unlikely to swiftly abandon their favored candidate.

A recent CBS News/YouGov poll, unveiled on Sunday, has unveiled the unwavering faith that former President Donald Trump’s supporters place in him as their primary wellspring of information, surpassing even their own family members, friends, and religious leaders.

Consistent prior polling has consistently demonstrated Trump’s significant lead over his Republican competitors in the race for the 2024 presidential nomination.

Nevertheless, a noteworthy development emerged last week when a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, indicted the former president on 13 counts linked to alleged efforts to undermine the outcome of the state’s 2020 presidential election—a charge he vehemently disputes.

Donald Trump: The Definitive Source of Truth?

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is simultaneously navigating legal proceedings connected to various indictments. These include allegations of orchestrating hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign, mishandling classified documents post-presidency, and employing illicit tactics to overturn the 2020 election, particularly in relation to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021, to impede the certification of Electoral College results.

The CBS News/YouGov poll probed into the most trusted information source for Trump voters. Trump emerged as the dominant preference, securing 71 percent of support, with family and friends at 63 percent, conservative media figures at 56 percent, and religious leaders at 42 percent.

Conducted between August 16-18, the survey encompassed 2,061 U.S. adult residents, with an overall sample margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

Additionally, the poll highlighted Trump’s widening lead over Florida Governor and 2024 Republican contender Ron DeSantis, with Trump commanding 62 percent of the hypothetical GOP primary vote, compared to DeSantis’s 16 percent.

Voters’ Firm Commitment

Political analyst and Dillard University professor Robert Collins provided insights into the poll’s significance, stating to Newsweek magazine, “The poll underscores the extent to which voters are resolute, and their decisions have already been made.”

He went on to add, “The Republican base’s opinions about Trump have solidified long ago, so they’ll dismiss any negative information about him, even if it originates from family or friends.

“In the eyes of the Republican base, the indictments are transforming Trump into a martyr. He has successfully convinced his base that the charges against him are essentially attacks on their convictions. Consequently, they will rely on him as their primary information source above all others.”

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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