President Trump received overwhelming support for his job performance from attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), according to a Saturday straw poll.
The poll is another sign that conservatives are warming up to Trump in the first month of his administration even as the president faces underwater approval ratings in public surveys.
The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll found that 86 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, while 12 percent disapprove.
The results were announced Saturday afternoon towards the end of the three-day annual conservative confab.
Trump’s return to CPAC was celebrated as he took the stage Friday to deliver a high-profile speech that garnered huge applause and a standing ovation. Trump had skipped the event last year.
He declared Friday that his movement was the future of the Republican Party and that he would fulfill his campaign promises of building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and repealing ObamaCare.
Those gathered at the conservative confab largely agreed with Trump’s message, according to results from other straw poll questions.
When asked whether Trump is “realigning” the conservative movement, 80 percent agreed, while 15 percent disagreed with that assessment.
Other highlights from the poll showed that conservatives are embracing Trump’s leadership and want congressional Republicans to help him enact his agenda.
When asked what campaign promises they’d most want to see Trump follow through on, about one third listed reforming the tax code, while 23 percent indicated they hope for ObamaCare repeal and 17 percent want the border wall.
The overwhelming majority of CPAC attendees surveyed, 94 percent, supported Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. And 86 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a senator if they opposed his nomination.
Three quarters also want Congress to do away with the 60-vote threshold, or the nuclear option, to move Gorsuch’s nomination through the Senate.
And CPAC attendees are supportive of Trump’s penchant for tweeting. Seventy percent approve of him using Twitter “to communicate more directly with the American people,” compared to 28 percent who disapprove.
The strong figures of support were a contrast to recent independent surveys of the American public, which have found more dismal numbers.
A recent poll from Pew Research Center found that Trump’s approval rating is at 39 percent, while 56 percent disapprove. A McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday has a 41 percent job approval rating and also finds that 58 percent are embarrassed by Trump’s young administration.
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