HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - From NBC News
- 37% of Americans think President Trump tells the truth all or most of the time; 61% think the President tells the truth only some of the time or less
Involvement in Politics
- 48% of Americans talk politics to people whom they disagree at least once a week; 14% say these conversations happen once a month; 15% say a few times a year, and 21% say almost never
- 51% find these conversations to be stressful and frustrating; 45% find them to be interesting and informative
- 71% of Americans agree that they can make a difference by participating in politics; 26% disagree
- 53% of Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 45% approve
- 55% of adults believe most Americans are moderate when it comes to most political issues; 24% say most Americans are conservative; and 16% say most Americans are liberal
- 63% of Americans believe Donald Trump is conservative on most political issues - including a quarter who believe he is very conservative; 22% say he is moderate and 12% say he is liberal
- Two-thirds of Americans (67%) believe the Republican Party is conservative on most political issues – including 29% who say the party is very conservative; 21% say the party is moderate and 8% say the party is liberal
- 63% of Americans believe the Democratic Party is liberal on most political issues – including a third who say the party is very liberal; 24% say the party is moderate and 9% say the party is conservative
Poll: Republicans who think Trump is untruthful still approve of him
Most Republicans who think President Donald Trump is loose with the truth still approve of the job he's doing as president, a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll shows.
While 76 percent of Republicans believe Trump tells the truth all or most of the time, 22 percent say he tells the truth only some of the time or less. Among such Republicans, over half of them (56 percent) still approve of his work as president.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaners (94 percent) and three-quarters of Independents (76 percent) believe the president tells the truth only some of the time or even less frequently. A majority of Americans overall — 61 percent — think Trump regularly has trouble telling the truth.
Still, Trump's current job approval is 45 percent, according to the survey — which is tied with the highest rate of approval recorded by the NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll since he began his presidency.
Who are those Republicans?
Six in ten (61 percent) of these Americans are men. They are younger than Republicans who think the president is truthful and are also more likely to prefer living in urban or suburban areas.
They are less likely than other Republicans to identify immigration as the most important issue right now but are more in line with other Republicans by citing jobs and the economy as the issue that matters most.
Look who’s talking now
The divide among Americans over the issue of Trump’s truthfulness may be reinforced by how often they engage in political discussions with people of different political persuasions.
Nearly half of Americans (48 percent) talk about politics with someone they disagree with at least once a week. Two in ten (21 percent) say they almost never talk politics with people whom they disagree.
Americans are split on the value of having these conversations. Half of Americans (51 percent) generally find the experience to be stressful and frustrating, while the other half (45 percent) find these discussions to be interesting and informative.
Partisans are more likely to believe the experience is stressful and frustrating, while Independents are more likely to find the experience interesting and informative.
Americans who view these discussions positively are more likely to engage in these types of conversations regularly. Those who find the experience interesting and informative are 13 percentage points more likely to engage in these conversations weekly over those who find the discussion to be stressful and frustrating.
Notably, a quarter (26 percent) of those Americans who find these conversations to be stressful and frustrating almost never engage in them.
The NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll was conducted April 20-27, 2018, among a national sample of 10,163 adults. Respondents for this nonprobability survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day.
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