Gallup has released a new poll titled, “Presidential Moral Leadership Less Important to Republicans.”
That seems like one of the things everybody has noticed for a while. What with, you know, voting for Donald Trump and… for 85% of them approving of his job performance, as compared to just 8% of Democrats. Still, it is stark to see self-described Republicans openly admit that they don’t require a baseline in decency when calculating for whom to vote in as our president.
Adults in the U.S. value moral leadership as a less important task for the president than they did roughly two decades ago, the poll found. Sixty-six percent of respondents said it is an important responsibility of the president, compared to 72 percent who gave that response in polls between 1994 and 1999. Now we can fully appreciate the extent to which former President Bill Clinton got shafted. I kid, of course. I’m sure Republicans would have gladly delayed their moral decline for a full decade more if it meant getting extra digs on Clinton.
But, by far, the biggest drop in how much respondents claimed to value moral leadership from the president came from those who identified themselves as Republicans. And that was a 23 point drop — from 86 percent to just 63 percent, per Gallup.
The new poll also found that Republicans and Democrats diverged sharply on President Trump’s moral leadership, with 77 percent of Republicans saying that he provides strong moral leadership, whereas 91 percent of Democrats said his moral leadership is weak.
Sixty percent of those identifying as “Independents” said they view Trump’s moral leadership as weak.