According to a new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Monday, a majority of registered voters are now open to re-electing President Trump. In even better news for Trump, the survey was conducted before the submission of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that exonerated the president of any possible Russian “collusion” allegations stemming from the 2016 presidential election.
The Hill reports:
Fifty-four percent in the Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday said they would think about voting for Trump, though 46 percent of registered voters said they would not even consider casting a ballot for the president.
The polling was conducted before a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions was released on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr. That summary reported that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, a huge win for the president.
People who said they backed Trump in 2016 are likely to back him again.
Ninety-five percent of respondents who said they had picked Trump in his first run for office said they could find a reason vote for him again in 2020.
The vast majority of respondents who cast ballots for Trump’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, said they would not vote to re-elect him, though a somewhat sizable minority is at least open to the idea.
Seventy-six percent of former Clinton voters said they would “never” vote for Trump but 24 percent said they would at least consider it.
As The Hill also notes, the thriving economy was the reason most frequently cited by those who are open to voting to re-elect President Trump. As The Daily Wire reported last Friday, the nation’s economic and financial fundamentals indicate that President Trump should, theoretically, be in store for a smooth re-election:
According to some financial experts, President Trump should easily win the 2020 election because of one factor: the strength of the economy.
The experts quoted by Politico said that if history is a reliable guide, the fact that the economy has flourished during Trump’s tenure should be the overriding element in voter’s decision as to whom to vote for in 2020. The economy is sailing along on rising wages and low gas prices, as well as low unemployment. Donald Luskin, chief investment officer of TrendMacrolytics, which predicted Trump’s 2016 victory, opined, “The economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it.” He was sanguine about any problems with the economy that might arise between now and November 2020, adding, “It would have to slow a lot to still be not pretty good.”
Interestingly, given the mainstream media’s frequent bashing of Trump’s handling of the issue, immigration was the reason second-most frequently cited in the Hill-HarrisX survey by those who are open to voting to re-elect President Trump.
Trump’s re-election will also likely be made either easier or more difficult by the presidential nominee that Democratic Party primary voters ultimately select. As Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center demonstrated earlier this month in The Washington Post, Trump’s head-to-head numbers in key battleground states increase in direct proportion to the increased leftism of his possible Democratic opponent.