GOP Voters Say They'd Back Trump Over Congressional Republicans

President Donald Trump steps onto the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC before boarding Marine One on December 12. (Photo: Patrick Semansky / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
According to a new poll by HuffPost / YouGov, GOP voters are still far more likely to ally with President Donald Trump than with other Republicans.
In the event of a disagreement between Trump and Republicans in Congress, 52% of Republican and Republican-centric independent voters say they are more likely to support Trump, according to the December 15 through Sunday poll. Only 15% say they would be on the side of the GOP legislators, the rest say they are neither back nor unsure.
Similarly, 62% say they would support Trump vis-à-vis their own representative and only 14% say they would support the latter.
At most, the results reflect a modest erosion in Trump's grassroots support as he lost his offer for re-election. In an August HuffPost / YouGov poll, 61% of GOP voters said they would support Trump against Republicans in Congress, and about two-thirds said they would support him against their district representative.
The questions are general hypotheses designed to measure loyalty between parties, rather than precise responses to a particular problem. However, such a difference of opinion is currently brewing: On Tuesday, Trump threatened to veto the coronavirus relief law passed by Congress and called for an increase in direct stimulus controls - which was also supported by the Democratic legislature.
Trump also cracked down on GOP lawmakers, including South Dakota Senator John Thune, who opposed the idea that Senate Republicans could question Trump's loss of the election.
"Senate Republicans are forgetting so quickly," Trump tweeted. "At the moment they would have dropped 8 seats without my support in the last election."
Only 18% of Republican and Republican-centric independents believe almost all of the Republicans in Congress support Trump, up from 27% who said so in August. A 65% majority of those voters say most of the Congressional Republicans support the outgoing president. That's a 78% drop in the summer, but still well above the 2017 figure, when only about half of Trump voters believed they had the support of most party lawmakers.
A 42% majority of Republican and Republican-oriented Independents who voted for Trump in this year's presidential election say they believe they are more Trump than the Republican Party. Only 21% feel they are more supporters of the party, another 31% say they support both.
The HuffPost / YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted among registered US voters December 15-20. A sample was selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match demographics and other characteristics of the population.
HuffPost has partnered with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can find out more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion poll. More details on the survey methodology can be found here.
Most surveys report a margin of error, which represents some, but not all, of potential survey errors. YouGov reports contain a model-based rate of error based on certain statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for samples with random probability. If these assumptions are incorrect, the model-based error rate can also be inaccurate.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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