Poll finds more Tennesseans trust Trump than Haslam, Alexander or Corker

A poll conducted by the Office of Consumer Research at Middle Tennessee State University’s Jones College of Business reports that the surveyed Tennesseans trust President Donald Trump a bit more than Gov. Bill Haslam.

Overall, Trump had the trust of 38 percent of those polled and Haslam 35 percent. Both were well ahead of U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (27 percent) and Bob Corker (28 percent). But the two senators were, in turn, well ahead of the U.S. Congress overall (18 percent). There are also some interesting findings on trust of media outlets.

Excerpt from the polling memo’s political section:

As expected, levels of trust for anything or anyone politically related vary greatly by the respondent’s political affiliation.

… It is noteworthy that Republicans have a higher level of trust in fellow Republicans in Congress (63 percent responding either “completely trust” or “somewhat trust”) than Democrats have in fellow Democrats in Congress (54 percent responding either “completely trust” or “somewhat trust”). Further, Democrats place higher trust in mainstream media outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) than do Republicans, whereas Republicans have a relatively higher level of trust in Fox News.

The poll report is HERE. It surveyed 627 “randomly selected adult residents of Tennessee” and has a stated margin of error of 4 percent.

Some of the figures from questions about who the surveyed citizens trust:

President Donald Trump: Republicans, 77%, Democrats 9%, independents 33%; overall 38 percent.

Gov. Bill Haslam: Republicans 49% Democrats 30%, independents 30%; overall 35 percent.

Sen. Bob Corker: Republicans 40%, Democrats 22%, independents 25%; overall 28%

Sen. Lamar Alexander: Republicans 42%, Democrats 20%, independents 23%; overall 27%

Republicans in the U.S. Congress: Republicans 63%, Democrats 4%, independents 21%; overall 28%

Democrats in the U.S. Congress: Republicans 8%, Democrats 54%, independent 15%; overall 22%

U.S. Congress: Republicans 34%, Democrat 9%, independents 14%, overall 18%

Mainstream media outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS): Republicans 14%, Democrats 53%, independents 23%; overall 26%

CNN: Republicans 11%, Democrats 59%, independent 28%; overall 30 percent.

MSNBC: Republicans 13%, Democrats 50%, independents 21%; overall 25%

Fox News: Republicans 40%, Democrats 22%, independent 16%; overall 25%


8 Responses to Poll finds more Tennesseans trust Trump than Haslam, Alexander or Corker

  • tom says:

    How can any survey be valid if it is comprised of RANDOMLY selected adults? Location matters, demographics matters, education level matters. 627 people does not make for a valid survey.
    And with a 4% margin of error, Trump could have come in at 34% and Haslam at 39%.

  • Oscar says:

    I, too, question the statistical validity of this study. Were adjustments made to account for name identification? Trump’s number may be about right, since he has (virtually) 100% name identification, but I question whether that is true for our Senators. I certainly don’t think 100% of adults in Tennessee could name their two Senators, much less know whether they’re trustworthy.

    It’s an interesting survey, but not particularly useful for planning a challenge to either person in the upcoming election cycles.

  • cannoneer2 says:

    Well… Trump hasn’t pulled any shenanigans to needlessly increase my tax burden yet.

  • BJ Erwin says:

    Alexander no longer listens to his constituents (Betsy Devos, cough, cough), no one ever sees or hears from Corker, and Haslam’s gas tax, while it MIGHT be needed, looked fishy with his connection to Pilot/Flying J. I will never vote for Alexander again. Corker maybe. Hallam is a lame duck, so he’s going to fly off into the sunset soon.

  • Van Harris says:

    Shows what a bunch of dumb morons Tennesseans are.

    • Fred Cope says:

      Now, do not lump all Tennessean’s in your generity. If that were accurate, we would still be stuck with Al Gore and Jim Sasser.

  • Steve Brumfield says:

    Great article.

  • Fred Vail, Franklin, TN says:

    I agree with the assessment to not lump all Tennessean’s into one basket. However, it is perfectly clear to me that many citizens of our state–as well as American’s overall–simply do not know enough about their political leadership–or the lack thereof. Fox’s Jessie Watters shows that time and time again when he goes to a college campus or main street America and asks them even the most basic information about Congressional leadership, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and other hot button issues. I’m sure that a major portion of our population would not know who the two Senators are and that is shameful in itself. If you follow Huffington Post (AOL) daily as I do, you will see that thousands upon thousands respond to their daily stories regarding our President and particularly the Russian collusion/interference stories. Today there were two such stories attracting the Trump and anti-Trump followers. Over 7,000 had responded to just TWO stories by 3 PM (CDT) today. A story on the tragic murder of two toddlers, age 2 and 3, in NYC several days ago, had only attracted 63 responses by late morning. Two toddlers, Olivia and Micha, who will never grow up, have children, become useful members of society, the victims of child abuse. The readership was so locked in on OUR President–the whiners and deniers–vs. the loyal supporters who want to see America strong again–that they totally overlooked this tragic story out of NYC. We are our brother’s keepers.

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