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>> After a rocky six months in office, it appears that a small, but significant, chunk of Donald Trump's base is having second thoughts. I'm Chris Khan, Reuters polling editor, and we did something special with our poll recently. We went back to the people who took our exit poll on election day, November 8th, and we asked them if we were to do the election again, what would you do?
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Would you vote for Donald Trump again or would you vote differently? We found that about 88% are still standing behind the President. However, about 12%, that's about 1 out of every 8 Trump voter, is thinking that they might do something different. Either they wouldn't vote, they'd stay home.
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They might vote for somebody else. They're not, at this point, supporting the President.>> I called the fake news the enemy.>> There are some people who really didn't like the trolling of the media and tweeting about Democrats. But there's a lot of other people who really thought that he would do a lot more.
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They thought that maybe on day one that they would see police forces coming in to their communities and removing illegal immigrants. I heard that. They also said that they thought that Donald Trump would've made more deals in Washington, and ended a lot of the hyperpartisanship that's really kinda keeping things from happening there.
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Pretty much nobody said anything about the Russian investigation. It's important to understand that all presidents lose a little bit of popularity when they enter office. And they go from being, kind of this, aspirational candidate to someone who has to work with Congress to get things done. But, with Donald Trump, it's a little bit different.
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This is a president who with every tweet, with everything that he says publicly, is really speaking to his base. So the fact that he's actually losing some of these people already after six months suggests that he has a lot more work to do to get the kind of support that he needs to be a successful president.
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Remember this is a president who came into office with one of the lowest approval ratings of any president in history. His power really comes from his base. If you see just even some of these folks walking away, that really cuts into his ability to get things done in Washington.
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Look, there's still a long ways to go before the 2020 presidential election. But, for a president who said that he could->> Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?>> Our polling shows that they are some people that are having second thoughts. And this could create some problems for the president as he navigates through his first term