Will the GOP Fall Into the Enthusiasm Gap?

Another week of crazy at the White House begets another week of talk among the political chattering class about “when the GOP base will abandon” President Trump. Recent polling suggests that’s not happening. NBC, Gallup and Survey Monkey all show Trump with approval ratings among Republicans between 82 and 88 percent. Of course, it’s important to note that all these polls were taken before news broke of Trump’s Oval Office discussion of classified material with Russian officials and FBI Director Comey’s notes suggesting that the president asked him to drop the investigation into former NSA Director Michael Flynn.

However, just looking at the topline approval rating number to assess Trump’s support from the base misses a very important element: the enthusiasm behind that support. And, on that front, there’s been some very clear bleeding for Trump. CONT.

Amy Walter, Cook Political Report