Poll: Trump has changed the GOP

According to Breitbart, a recent poll has found that a majority believes that President Donald Trump has changed the Republican Party. 

This brings to mind a statement made by Ivanka Trump back in August during the Republican National Convention.

“For the first time in a long time, we have a president who has called out Washington’s hypocrisy,” she said. “[Y]ou don’t achieve different results by doing things the same way, Washington has not changed Donald Trump; Donald Trump has changed Washington.”

The survey says

The poll was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from September 23rd to the 24th, and it was just released on Friday. Surveyed were 1,000 likely voters, and the results have a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

Overall, the pollsters found that 62 percent of likely voters believe that President Trump has changed the Republican Party.

When the results are broken down by party, 53 percent of Republican voters, 66 percent of Democratic voters, and 69 percent of unaffiliated voters agreed that President Trump has changed the Republican Party.

On the other side of the coin, only 24 percent of likely voters said that they believe that President Trump, over the past three years, has turned into a typical Washington D.C. Republican.

Other findings

Something that we have heard a lot in recent weeks is the argument that President Trump has gotten more done in his 40 odd months in office than Biden has gotten done during his 45 years in government. Rasmussen asked participants how they view Biden’s 45 years in office.

42 percent of likely voters responded that they considered Biden’s decades in government as a positive. 38 percent found it to be negative and 19 percent were indifferent. When one’s political party is factored in, 65 percent of Democrats, 20 percent of Republicans, and 38 percent of non-affiliated voters see Biden’s 45 years of government experience as a positive.

In general, 65 percent of Democratic respondents said that they considered government experience to be important for a political candidate, whereas 62 percent of Republicans said the same about private sector experience.

Is it true?

Whether President Trump has actually changed the Republican Party is unclear. You probably wouldn’t say that he has changed what Republicans believe: we still believe in a market-based economy, in traditional moral values, in stopping illegal immigration, in adhering to and protecting the Constitution, and so on.

What can be argued, probably convincingly, however, is that Trump, in general, has changed politics – as Ivanka says, he isn’t your typical politician. Trump’s a businessman, who gets things done. When and if a bureaucrat does again become president, he or she is going to have some big shoes to fill.

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