Republicans Stay Loyal To Trump Despite Concerns About His Taxes: Reuters Poll


NEW YORK (Reuters) – A sizable minority of Republicans say U. S. President Donald Trump has not paid his fair share of taxes and worry that his family business has influenced his decisions in office, yet most are still voting to give him a second term, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Tuesday.

The national online poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, followed a New York Times investigation that found Trump, a self-described billionaire, is deeply in debt and has regularly paid little to nothing in federal income taxes over much of the past two decades.

The poll found that three in 10 Republicans were concerned that Trump’s personal finances have influenced his decisions as president, and two out of 10 Republicans said they do not think Trump has paid his “fair share” of income taxes.

But the revelations about Trump’s personal taxes do not appear to have weakened his standing overall among his party’s rank-and-file. Only about three in 10 Republicans said they believed the Times report, and seven in 10 Republicans said they saw the president as “a successful businessman who knows how to avoid taxes.”

A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 88% of registered Republicans said they were still backing him over Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election.

Among all likely voters, Reuters/Ipsos polling showed Biden with a 9 percentage poin… (Read more)

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