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By Phillip Stucky
A strong majority of likely voters in the 2018 midterm elections believe that President Donald Trump either lied or stretched the truth during his time in the White House, according to a Tuesday poll released by Firehouse Strategies.
Eighty percent of likely voters on either side of the aisle asserted they felt that Trump either “lied” or “stretched the truth” in his statements, according to the questions in the poll. Eighty-four percent of voters asserted that members of Congress lie.
Republican voters were more likely to believe that Trump never lies. Thirty-one percent of all Republican voters reported they believed every statement Trump made as president. Fifty percent of Republican voters asserted that Trump made exaggerations with good intentions.
Independent voters were surprisingly supportive of Trump’s statements. Seventeen percent of independent respondents asserted Trump hasn’t lied, and 34.1 percent reported that Trump made exaggerated statements, but “with good intent,” according to the poll.
Recent polling also asserts that Trump is viewed more favorably than Congress. An April 5 poll from Gallup found that the US Congress has a 20 percent approval rating, much lower than Trump’s approval rating of 40 percent.
Fact-checking site Politifact rated 33 percent of Trump’s statements as “false,” and 16 percent of the president’s statements as “pants on fire” false. The site also asserted that 20 percent of all statements Trump made were “mostly false.”
The FireHouse Strategies poll included 3,491 likely midterm voters including 1,305 voters from Florida, 713 voters from Wisconsin, 690 voters from Pennsylvania, and 783 voters in Ohio. The poll ran from April 21 through April 23 and included a margin of error of 2 percentage points in either direction.