GOP pollster says the term ‘fighter’ translates to Trump in polls

Republican pollster Jim Hobart told Hill.TV in an interview that aired Tuesday that the term “fighter” most likely means President Trump in poll questions. 

“I think that ‘fighter’ describes Donald Trump,” Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told host Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.”

Hobart was referring to a recent Morning Consult poll, which found that 78 percent of Democrats said they wanted a candidate who would heal partisan divisions in the country, while 15 percent said they want someone who would fight back and break the rules to push the U.S. in another direction.

The same poll found that 60 percent of Republican voters said they would want a candidate whose policy positions match theirs “even if that means the country is more divided.”

“You could very easily put someone like Donald Trump in that question, so Republicans are like yeah, ‘We like Donald Trump.’ Democrats are like ‘We don’t like Donald Trump, so we want the healer. We want the non-Trump,'” Hobart continued. 

“I think that’s really what that question could have been asked as, ‘Do you want a candidate who’s like Donald Trump, or do you want a candidate who’s different from Donald Trump?'” he said. 

— Julia Manchester

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