Just 29% of voters nationwide believe President Trump is a good role model for young Americans. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 49% believe the president is at least as ethical as most politicians (see question wording and topline results).
The survey was conducted the night after the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted on a number of financial crimes and his former attorney Michael Cohen publicly admitted committing crimes as part of a plea arrangement.
However, the immediate impact of these events appears to be limited. A survey taken the week before found that only 32% believed the president was a good role model while 54% believe he was at least as ethical as most politicians.
In both surveys, there was an unsurprising partisan gap. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans believe the current president is at least as ethical as most politicians. Only 22% of Democrats agree. Those figures changed little following the Manafort and Cohen news.
Prior to last week’s news, 55% of Independent voters believed the president’s ethics were normal for a politician. Following the Manafort and Cohen news, that fell to 40% (see crosstabs).
The president is likely aided by the fact that just 26% of voters believe that most Members of Congress are good role models for young Americans.
The president’s Job Approval rating held steady at 47% following last week’s events. Updated data will be released on Saturday morning.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 6-7, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
A pair of related survey questions also highlighted the importance of freedom to most Americans. Asked to choose between freedom, equality, and self-governance, 59% said freedom was the most important and only 8% said it was the least important of the three ideals. Thirty-three percent (33%) said equality was the most important while 24% considered it the least important. Self-governance was seen as most important by 9% and least important by 68%.
Given that three-way choice, 65% of white voters say freedom is the most important ideal while 67% of black voters name equality. Hispanic voters are evenly divided.
Scott Rasmussen wrote a column earlier this year exploring the tensions between freedom and democracy. A column released yesterday showed that the midterm elections may be determined by a group of voters that neither political party can comprehend: the 26% who don’t think things would be much different today if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election.
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