Poll: Partisans switch sides in presidential attributes trade-off

Six in 10 Republicans say they would rather have a president who agrees with their political views but does not set a good moral example for the country, as opposed to one who sets a good moral example but does not agree with them politically. In contrast, 75% of Democrats prefer a president who sets a good moral example over one who agrees with their issue positions.

In 1999, Republicans’ and Democrats’ opinions were reversed, with Republicans favoring a president who sets a good moral example and Democrats preferring one who agrees with them politically.

Majorities of independents have consistently placed a higher premium on presidents setting a good moral example, although more do so now than during the Clinton years.