Poll: Protests Are Backfiring With Public

16574307_sA new poll has found that the the constant anti-Trump protests and boycotts that have been taking place since the 2016 presidential election are backfiring badly with the public.

McLaughlin & Associates, which polled for the president’s political campaign, found that Americans disapprove of the violent protests by the left aimed at stopping the deportation of criminal illegals or preventing pro-Trump conservatives from speaking out. They also disapprove of Democratic senators deliberately blocking and delaying President Trumps’ cabinet nominations and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Specifically, when Americans were asked whether they approve or disapprove of “billionaire George Soros financing left-wing organizations to pay people to protest against President Trump, and the left often using violent demonstrations on college campuses and in cities to stop pro-Trump, conservatives from speaking in public”, seven in ten voters (70%), said they disapprove. A majority (54%) of all voters strongly disapprove with only 20 percent voicing approval.

These numbers show widespread disapproval of the protests among all political backgrounds with 79 percent of Republicans disapproving; 76 percent of Independents; 56 percent of Democrats; 70 percent of moderates; and 51 percent of liberals. Even among those who disapprove of the job the President is doing, 59 percent still disapprove of the way the left has been handling the outcome of the election.

The public is also unimpressed by tactics used by Democratic senators to deliberately block Trump cabinet appointees with 50 percent disapproving and only 41 percent approving. This is one area of the poll where partisan politics spoke the loudest with 66 percent of Democrats saying they approve of these tactics. By comparison, 77 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Independents said they disapproved.

When the voters were asked if they approve or disapprove of “protests by the left and Democrats to stop the deportation of illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes in the United States to allow them to remain free in the United States”, six in ten voters (62%) disapprove with only 32 percent approving.

“The majority of voters across every region disapprove of these protests to keep criminal illegal aliens in the U.S.,” the report states. A whopping 79 percent of Republicans disapprove followed by 61 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Democrats. What is even more surprising is that among Hispanic voters, 55 percent disapprove of these protests with only 41 percent of Hispanics voicing approval.

“It’s very clear that the paid protests, and certainly violent protests of the left are backfiring,” the report summarizes.

Boycotts are also not faring well in spite of how hard the mainstream media works to make them look damaging.

For example, a boycott of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line was countered by a tremendous surge in sales of her signature perfume on Amazon where Ivanka Trump Eau de Parfum Spray For Women currently sits at number one on the retail giant’s top sellers list. Trump’s fragrances are now beating out perfumes from the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Giorgio Armani and Versace.

Another recent failure occurred in Virginia when an attempt by a chapter of the National Organization for Women to pressure the Wegman’s grocery chain to drop Trump wines from its stores in Virginia resulted in a near sell-out of the popular wines instead.

The much-trumpeted “Day Without Immigrants,” which called upon immigrants to stay home from their jobs in order to protest the president’s immigration policies, resulted in more than 100 people losing their jobs after failing to show up for work.

However, none of this negative fallout is surprising when you look at the research. Robb Willer, professor of sociology, psychology, and organizational behavior at Stanford University and Matthew Feinberg, professor of organizational behavior at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, conducted an experiment in the past year to assess how people respond to “extreme protest tactics.” These are tactics that are considered to be highly disruptive or harmful to others such as causing property damage, clogging traffic, and/or engaging in violence.

“Our results suggest that these tactics consistently fail to win popular support for social movements,” the professors write. “We find that they are more likely to backfire, prompting backlash and encouraging people to turn away from the cause.”

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