Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A Westport man who voted for Donald Trump was one of those cited by Yahoo Finance today as regretting it.
Jim McDonald, 62, a former Wall Street trader, told Yahoo that he voted for Trump because he agreed with Trump’s calls for better trade deals, lower taxes, deregulating banks and bringing down drug prices.
But he has seen little action on those issues, however, and is appalled Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.
“His environmental policies might harm me or my two offspring, who are in their 20s,” he said. “The guy’s a nutcase and nothing can get done because he’s too busy talking about Joe Scarborough or insulting the prime minister of Germany.
“He’s constantly on the back foot trying to recover. If it were possible to impeach the guy by popular vote, I would sign on the dotted line right now.”
McDonald said he has a neighbor who also voted for Trump. “He’s mortified and embarrassed,” he said.
In the November election, 69 percent of Westporters voted for Hillary Clinton with 27 percent for Trump.
Yahoo said new research it conducted has identified a key subset of Trump voters who are turned off by his actions as president, including some who would change their votes if they could.
In a Yahoo Finance online survey conducted in late June, 12.6 percent of Trump voters said they were dissatisfied with his performance as president, and 11.1 percent said they would not vote for him again.
That is a much larger portion than Trump’s margin of victory in key states that put him over the top last November, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin—which Trump won by less than 2 percent of the vote.
The poll results suggest Trump has lost the voters who provided his margin of victory in 2016—and would be needed again were he to run for reelection in 2020, Yahoo Finance said.
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