Poll: Republican Voters Ready to Stand by Trump Despite Lewd Comments Video

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read

Republican voters are very aware of the released video of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women, but a majority of them are willing to stand by their Republican nominee, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

Seventy-four percent of Republicans think that party leaders should stand behind Trump, while 13 percent think they should abandon him.

A huge majority of Americans are aware of the video (79 percent), and agree that it makes Trump look bad, (74 percent), but they don’t think it’s enough to kick him to the curb. Forty-five percent of all voters think that Trump should not drop out of the presidential race, while 39 percent think he should drop out — a six point margin.

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Trump’s apology video, aired late Friday night, appears to have stemmed some of the negative fallout. Sixty-five percent of Republicans reacted favorably to the apology as well as 35 percent of independents.

Forty-seven percent of voters also agree with Trump that Bill Clinton has abused women and that Hillary Clinton has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims, while only 33 percent believe that to be false. (Twenty-one percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.)

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted October 8 with 1,549 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus three points.


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