Many Americans see Trump as liberal despite his conservative record, says Hill.TV poll

Roughly one-in-five Americans say they still view President Trump as liberal despite his conservative agenda, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 10 percent of respondents said they view Trump as “liberal,” while 11 percent said they see him as “very liberal.” 

Twenty-three percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they view Trump as “very conservative,” while 29 percent said they see him as “conservative.”

Twenty-eight percent said they see Trump as “moderate.” 

A Gallup poll conducted in October of 2016 found that 47 percent of Americans viewed Trump as conservative while he was running for president, compared to 22 percent who said they viewed him as moderate, and 19 percent who said he was a liberal. 

Trump, who was previously a Democrat, has worked to cater to conservatives on a number of policies since becoming a Republican president. 

The president has appointed right-leaning judges, signed a GOP-tax cut plan and moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. 

“He gave no indication of being a rabid conservative back in his business days when he was appearing on different shows and talking with Howard Stern and so forth, but he’s morphed himself now,” Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.”

“The fact that Republicans may be increasingly seeing him as conservative is not surprising because he’s done conservative things,” he continued. 

The American Barometer poll was conducted on September 8-9 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester


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