Public opinion analyst: Portions of GOP are upset with Trump's 'unpredictability' on issues like trade

Public opinion analyst Dan Cox said in an interview that aired Thursday a portion of the Republican electorate is unhappy with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE's unpredictability on issues like trade. 

"In a number of parts of the Republican-conservative base, there's folks that view Trump as utilitarian, 'okay, we're getting what we want in some areas,' but in places like trade, that runs against traditional, Republican policy," Cox, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

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"I think that the unpredictability, the volatility, is not something that a lot of conservative Republican voters love," he continued. "Maybe his base does, but the more establishment folks don't."  

Cox made the comments in reference to whether former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE stands a chance at attracting some Republicans frustrated with Trump if he wins the Democratic nomination. 

Polling suggests that Biden could be a formidable opponent to Trump in the general election. 

A recent Quinnipiac Poll found that Biden led Trump eleven percentage points in Pennsylvania, a state that Trump flipped from Democratic to Republican in 2016. 

— Julia Manchester