I wonder if the White House or Team Trump got a whiff of this a few days ago in their own internal polling. After Donald Trump sent out his “LIBERATE” tweets about Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, the tone changed nearly overnight in regard to pushing the protests over shelter-in-place orders. By this week, Trump had changed directions enough to scold Republican governor Brian Kemp for being too aggressive in rolling back those directives in Georgia — although that also might have something to do with his ongoing feud over the appointment of Kelly Loeffler to fill out Johnny Isakson’s Senate term, too.
Even at that time, polling showed Americans had much more concern about reopening too quickly than not quickly enough. That’s still true in today’s CBS/YouGov poll, but it’s worse than that for Trump. Nearly two-thirds oppose the protests that Trump was encouraging — and only 7% approve of his support for them.
Yikes. Note that only slightly more than a third chose for Trump just to stay quiet about the protests, while a majority of 55% think Trump should be actively discouraging the protests. It’s fairly obvious that even Trump’s base isn’t going along with Trump’s “liberation theology,” so to speak, and the crosstabs bear this out as well. Only three demos in the whole survey score double digits in support of that campaign — Republicans and self-identified conservatives at only 13%, and surprisingly 10% of black voters. Every single demo except Republicans and conservatives has a majority saying Trump should have been actively discouraging the protests.