Where Do You Stand on Trump Now?


Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 16.15.29Back in late March — by which point the Republican Primaries had narrowed to Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich — we had a poll asking members where they stood on the candidates and whether they could support the then-frontrunner. The results: at that point, Ted Cruz was the preferred candidate of 91 percent of members who took the poll, and 59 percent of members said they could not vote for Trump if he were the nominee.

Given how circumstances have changed, we thought it was time for a follow-up poll that gauged members’ support for the presumptive nominee, and asked those on both sides of the matter — as well as those who are leaning one way or the other — to better describe their reasoning. As before, this poll makes no pretense of scientific accuracy, but is intended to shed some light on where members of The Smartest Conversation on the Right™ find themselves.

This poll will expire Wednesday evening and the results will be posted to the Main Feed. If you would like to participate, now’s a great time to become a member.

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  1. Eric Hines Inactive
    Eric Hines

    I voted early; do I get to vote often?  Is this a Chicago Democratic poll, where even the dead get to vote?

    Eric Hines

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  2. V the K Member
    V the K

    “And where do they stand on young people?”

    “Just here, dear.”

    • #2
  3. BrentB67 Inactive

    Some of the choices weren’t very applicable given my levels of apathy and disdain for the competing factions, but look forward to the results.

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  4. KC Mulville Inactive
    KC Mulville

    Now I know how American presidents used to feel (and frequently still do) about choosing between heinous dictators and terrorist rebels. There is no good option.

    When we pick the dictators (Somoza, Shah of Iran, etc.), the people of the country associate us with the dictator’s tyranny and failure – followed by years of bitterness. When we pick the rebels (e.g., Arab Spring), the country collapses into chaos, where inevitably an even worse enemy emerges.

    When it’s a small foreign country, we can stay out of it. But while this is our own country – I’m still in favor of staying out of it.

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  5. Pony Convertible Inactive
    Pony Convertible

    I feel more comfortable now that Donald has posted his list of potential judges.  Friday, at the NRA convention, he challenged Hillary to do the same.  I hope he keeps pushing her to do this.

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  6. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller

    As someone who has not definitely concluded on one side or the other, I’m tempted to answer the questions in all categories. But I am leaning toward not voting for either candidate.

    On the pro side, my main consideration is that Trump’s many unknowns leave room for hope, unlike Clinton, even if they also leave room for disaster.

    On the con side, my main concern is a variation of the same: Can one vote for the lesser evil without certainty that he is indeed the lesser evil? Is a blind vote ever acceptable, even to defeat a certain evil?

    Character-wise, they are both deplorable. They care nothing for truth, nor for the rights or dignity of their opponents. They both generally agree with leftist principles, though Trump is less ideologically consistent. Trump’s policy agreements with Republicans are based on self-interest rather than moral beliefs.

    Clinton is probably the greater threat due to her connections and consistency. But Trump’s boldness could mean he would take greater risks in defiance of Constitutional restraints.

    I do not agree that Trump could “remake the GOP in his own image.” If we are stuck with a tyrannical president, unity against that tyrant would be nice. But it’s evident that the Right will not be unified, so Republicans will offer weak resistance regardless (at least at the federal level).

    Essentially, I think Clinton is worse, but I’m not entirely sure. And a blind choice isn’t really choosing.

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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Anyone But Hillary.

    I voted for Ted Cruz in Washington State’s totally meaningless primary.

    I am looking forward to seeing Trump light into Hillary, no holds barred.

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  8. RightTurn Inactive

    I’m starting my own country in November.

    • #8
  9. The Question Inactive
    The Question

    I felt involuntary glee at the prospect of Trump really tearing into the Clintons.  Juanita Broaddrick’s story set me on the path to abandoning leftism, so I really appreciate Trump bringing it up and forcing people to pay attention to it.  We’ll see if that continues.  I had kind of imagined that he would soft pedal on them given their history.  That still doesn’t mean that he would be a good president.

    I’m personally hoping that the vote total for Clinton and Trump is as low as possible, but I generally hope Hillary’s total is lower.

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  10. Tom Wilson Inactive
    Tom Wilson

    You know how discussed you felt to see feminists defend the caddish behavior  of Bill Clinton. I feel some of that today about Rick Perry and Chris Christy. I won’t support Trump, and could never vote for HRC. Both are toxic.

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  11. Lucy Pevensie Inactive
    Lucy Pevensie

    So is there a way to determine whether one’s initial response to the poll actually registered?

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