Polling conducted over the last week indicates that Republican voters stuck with the president through the federal shutdown. The polling suggests that if the president wants to retain those voters going forward, he shouldn’t wait long before declaring a national emergency on the border.

Of 2,700 Trump voters surveyed by The Frontier Lab in collaboration Citizens for Self-Governance, only 43 percent perceived President Trump as the victor in political maneuvering that took place during the shutdown; 60 percent of Trump voters approved of ending the shutdown. An overwhelming 95 percent support the idea of Trump declaring a national emergency on the border.

Though this might surprise pundits, who have long been licking their lips over a possible chink in Trump’s armor, there was one person who presumably wasn’t surprised by the results.

“You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that?” Trump said at a campaign stop.

He shouldn’t get so comfortable, because the top line numbers in polls rarely tell the whole story. As a grassroots political activist, I know the reported polling didn’t reveal underlying grassroots grumbling across the nation — unless you look more closely at the numbers. In the same poll, Trump voters gave him a 6.78 (out of a possible 7.00) level of support on January 1, and that’s barely dropped to 6.71 today – but would score him 3.82 if he fails to secure border security funds, a stunning drop of 43 percent.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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