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 TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama 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." 


"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 BidenTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic 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