I have heard that Trump has an overall approval rating of 42% nationwide based on unbiased polls. I consider this number accurate because it uses many polls to get this number. However, I heard that roughly TEN percent of Bernie voters in the primaries voted for Trump. When I read the article, not surprisingly, only ~20% called themselves liberal.So, i want to know, what percent approval does he have among liberals? (This does not necessarily mean Democrat, it could also mean Independent, though 51% of Democrats identify as liberal)

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    Can you provide a link to this article please?
    – Joe C
    Nov 17, 2019 at 15:22
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    Does it state how many of those Bernie voters who voted for Trump called themselves liberal? Not all states have closed primaries where only members of the party can vote in it.
    – Joe W
    Nov 17, 2019 at 18:04
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    Many supporters of Sanders believed that the primaries were rigged to some extent to allow Hillary to win. It wouldn't surprise me if some of them then voted for Trump not because they support him, but just to spite Hillary and the Democrats. It sounds silly, but that's American politics for you.
    – F1Krazy
    Nov 26, 2019 at 13:51

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Of the seven polls that are currently included in the RealClearPolitics average on this question, only two provide a cross-tab between Trump favorability and political ideology.

This YouGov poll conducted November 10-12 asks whether respondents' ideologies are described as liberal, moderate, or conservative, and those who gave an answer to this question gave their answers in roughly equal number between the three. Of those who described themselves as liberal, only 10% had a very or somewhat favorable view of President Trump, whereas 90% had a very or somewhat unfavorable view. (This compares to 40-53 across the entire survey, and 8-90 for self-described Democrats.)

This CNN poll from October gives a very similar result (12-88 for Liberals, 4-95 for Democrats, 42-56 overall).


I've investigated this question using the data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey 2018, after applying weights to be demographically representative of the US adult population. Restricting responses to those self-describing as 'Very Liberal', 'Liberal', or 'Somewhat Liberal', we are left with about 31.3% of the 60,000 respondents.

Excluding those who responded 'Not sure', the results of asking 'Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is doing his job' before the 2018 elections are below, and result in an approval/disapproval ratio of approximately 7:93.

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After the 2018 elections, about 90% of these respondents were asked the same question, resulting in a very similar 6:94 ratio.

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