It appears the more deranged Donald Trump behaves the more popular he becomes with his supporters. You read that right. Trump scandals make his supporters like him more, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Thursday.
In a handful of cases, while most voters expressed a negative view of Trump after the controversies, a plurality of Trump voters said they had a more favorable view of him.
Nearly 20 percent of voters said the polled controversies did not change their opinion of the president either way.
Some of the controversies in the poll include the resignation of Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from investigations into Russian intervention in the election and claims from Trump and his top spokesman about the size of crowds at his inauguration in January.
Trump’s tweet accusing media of being “the enemy of the American people” and his baseless claim on Twitter early this month that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower were two controversies his supporters liked most, according to the poll.
While Trump’s favorability fell 15 points among voters in general following his media attack, it increased 31 points among his supporters.
Similarly, Trump saw a 21-point boost in favorability among supporters over his wiretapping claims, though his favorability among voters overall fell 20 points.
The president’s favorability among all voters also plummeted 23 points on the question of senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway publicly promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand on television, while it increased among supporters by 9 points.
The national Morning Consult poll of 1,927 registered voters was conducted March 16-19 online and has a margin of error of 2 points.
Trump has faced overall low approval ratings since taking office. Just 37 percent approve of the job he is doing, compared to 56 percent who disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.