Obama, Trump names sway poll results, say analysts

Pollster Dan Cox and reporter Joanna Piacenza said on Friday that adding the names of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE or former President Obama to polls has a significant impact on results. 

"You asked about the Affordable Care Act, and then you do a split for them, basically asking two groups of people two different types of questions, worded differently," said Piacenza, senior reporter at Morning Consult, referencing a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey. 

"Yeah, we used 'President Obama's health care policy," Cox, research director at PRRI, concurred. 

"We've done this with Trump too, and other pollsters have as well. When you make it salient, right? This is Trump's policy, Republican support shoots up, and Democratic support drops," he continued. 

PRRI survey conducted in 2015 found that when Obama's name was attached to an identically worded immigration policy question, support among Republicans dropped from 67 percent to 51 percent. 

And a Quinnipiac University survey conducted during in 2016 found that when asked about a ban on Muslim immigrants into the U.S., 76 percent of Trump voters said they agreed with the proposal, but that number rose to 88 percent when Trump's name was attached. Some 22 percent of Trump voters said they disagreed with the policy, which dropped to only 10 percent when his name was added.

Twenty-six percent of non-Trump voters said they agreed with a Muslim ban, and 73 percent said they disagreed. Those numbers changed to 18 percent and 80 percent, respectively, when the proposal carried Trump's name.

 

— Julia Manchester