Fox News Poll Proves that Trump Voters are Willing Captives of a Cult

In the past couple of weeks, Donald Trump has been crowing about what he says is unprecedented unity within the Republican Party. He couldn’t be more wrong. Trump repeatedly cites a 95% approval rating for him by GOP voters. That’s a false stat for which he never bothers to provide a source. Most other polls put it in the low 80s at best, and it’s heading down. Even Trump’s favorite, ultra-biased pollster, Rasmussen, is showing him near his lows for the year.

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However, there is an argument that Trump can make regarding the devotion of his dwindling cadre of supporters. They are enraptured by their Dear Leader to a degree unseen since the Manson Family. And a new poll by Fox News confirms that the worshipful adoration of Trump’s glassy-eyed followers is a powerful force, albeit only effective on a small minority of the electorate. The Fox News poll reveals that a majority 53% of voters want Trump to be impeached. And 49% want him impeached and removed from office. But the most notable figures in this poll address the subset of Trump supporters:

“Among those opposing impeachment, 57 percent say nothing could change their mind, while 34 percent say new evidence could make them support impeachment. […and…] over half of Republicans (53 percent) say it is generally okay for the president to ask foreign leaders for help in going after his rivals.”

So a majority of those who are currently against impeaching the President won’t change their minds regardless of the evidence. That means even if a smocking gun is found that incriminates him for treason, they will still back Trump. These are the people that Trump was talking about when he said that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any support.

This is not the sort of movement that is generally associated with a political campaign. It is the defining characteristics of a cult. Trump’s followers don’t care whether he broke the law, or breached his oath of office, or violated the Constitution. They don’t even care about his policies that are demonstrably worse for them than for the public at large. They only care about genuflecting before “The Chosen One” (as he calls himself).

The poll has other bad news for Trump that is also ignored by his faithful Deplorables. It found that he is underwater on immigration (40% approve, 57% disapprove), foreign policy (37-56), and health care (35-53). He has a slim 3-point margin (49-46) on the economy. What’s more, Trump is shown to be losing to the top four Democrats included in the survey: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton. Although why Fox polled Clinton is a mystery, or perhaps wishful thinking.

Trump spent much of Sunday morning tweeting about his pathetic victimhood. Which is a peculiar position for someone who occupies what is often called the most powerful office on Earth. Much of his whining featured praise for the One America News Network (OANN), a channel so tiny that Nielsen doesn’t track their ratings. This must be part of his campaign to drive his followers away from Fox News, which he said doesn’t deliver for US anymore,” and declared that We have to start looking for a new News Outlet.”

So the cult is shopping around for a network that will be more complimentary and obedient. It’s hard to imagine that Fox News wasn’t sufficiently fulfilling that objective. But then, Fox is having problems of its own as their ratings have sharply declined lately. That’s more likely due to viewers tiring of the bias and lies, than to Trump’s temper tantrums. But he certainly isn’t doing Fox any good. Which just happens to be quite good for the rest of us.

How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult of Ignorance.
Available now at Amazon.

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14 thoughts on “Fox News Poll Proves that Trump Voters are Willing Captives of a Cult

  1. Nobody has ever accused the Trump supporters of either being of any level of intelligence, or daring about respecting the law. They think they’re better than the rest of us, who respect the law and accept facts rather than rabble rousing.

    • This is so true!!! Because they are millionaires/billionaires, we “poor folk” are crap on their shoes. I wonder how much is being funneled to them by our commander in chief!! They have sold their souls to the devil……God help them!!!!

  2. He uses his pathetic “victimhood” by claiming to be so picked on. He’s the biggest Bully in the entire World, proves it hourly with “tweets” for the Presidential Archives. He able to fool ‘some of the people all of the time’ by acting the tough guy! It is amusing since at the same time he whines about being so abused, as all Tough Guys do! Poor little misunderstood Rich brat his entire life, no concern for any other human being. Denounces those who have fought for the US, slams the Families of the Fallen, and attacks our POWs like the weeny armed 5 time Draft-Dodger he is. Why did the Family Values Republicans hate the USA so much they nominated him as their very own “be best”? He did bring the First Communist third ‘lady/porn star’ into our White House just to flip off the United States. Vote for America in 2020, no more Russians picks.

  3. Trump’s bragging about the unity in the Rethuglican Party? Well, yeah – they’ve always had that, to the detriment of the Country’s policies & programs. Not so unusual to see some Dems cross Party lines & vote their own mind instead, but Rethugs all vote Party lines, or they’re shunned by their own. Better to leave the Party & go Independent, as Justin Amash did after voting with thought & his own conscience.
    The fact that we have 1 Party that always puts their Party ABOVE what’s best for our country, democracy & citizens, is not at all a good thing! Never has been & never will be.
    Our gov’t. officials’ undying loyalty should be to this Country & its people. Blind loyalty to any President who is so divisive with his hate-filled rhetoric & constant lies; who puts himself above the law & tells others to violate laws for his own sake & who bullies, extorts, bribes & betrays, for his own benefit…well, that is both stupid & unpatriotic, as well.

    To Members of Congress I say:
    Lead by example & remember that your children & grandchildren are also watching. And, they will have to live with the legacy you leave them, at this definitive time in our nation’s history. Will you be a Hero? Or a Zero?

  4. Trump’s bragging about the unity in the Rethuglican Party? Well, yeah – they’ve always had that, to the detriment of the Country’s policies & programs. Not so unusual to see some Dems cross Party lines & vote their own mind instead, but Rethugs all vote Party lines, or they’re shunned by their own. Better to leave the Party & go Independent, as Justin Amash did after voting with thought & his own conscience.
    The fact that we have 1 Party that always puts their Party ABOVE what’s best for our country, democracy & citizens, is not at all a good thing! Never has been & never will be.
    Our gov’t. officials’ undying loyalty should be to this Country & its people. Blind loyalty to any President who is so divisive with his hate-filled rhetoric & constant lies; who puts himself above the law & tells others to violate laws for his own sake & who bullies, extorts, bribes & betrays, for his own benefit… Well, that is very unpatriotic, isn’t it?! It’s also stupid.

    To Members of Congress I say:
    Lead by example & remember that your children & grandchildren are also watching. They will have to live with the legacy of what you do at this definitive time in our nation’s history. Will you be a Hero? Or a Zero?

  5. Such blind loyalty as Rethugs value above all else is better suited for football teams.
    Lose a game (or a few) & they can still come back ~ not so, when you lose a Democracy & national values, reputation!
    I’m just sayin’…

  6. Every registered Republican who thinks of themselves as patriotic should immediately change their party affiliation. When over half of Republicans say it is generally okay for the president to ask foreign leaders for help in going after political opponents, the GOP has become the party of anarchists and fascists and fools. That so many could be so ethically, morally, intellectually and constitutionally challenged is disheartening in the extreme.

    • In the end, you can be a Tyrant Worshiper or you can be a honorable American citizen. You can’t be both. Not any more. Because Tyrant Worshipers HAVE no honor.

    • “…GOP has become the party of anarchists and fascists and fools.”
      Yes they sure have, indeed. Never thought I’d see the day that’d be true!
      I think we need more than 2 old, stale, political parties, if we are to actually be represented in our gov’t.

      Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed regularly…& for the same reason!
      (I’m just sayin’…)

  7. SOME of the Republicans are acting as “child-like” as Trump does. Jordan, Nunes, Graham & McConnell need to get on their knees and speak to the correct Leader, Our Precious Lord. They are lead in America to distruction. Even the foreign leaders don’t trust Trump & they make fun of him… LET him read that kind of news, not his own weak thinking!!!

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