And voters were not pleased with Trump’s handling of the protests: 58% disapproved and just 32% approved, Marquette found.
Yet Trump’s allies believe there has been a definite shift in the suburbs, particularly among suburban men.
“The suburbs have turned against civil unrest,” said Wes Anderson, a Republican pollster for the Trump-affiliated political organization America First Policies.
“The Democrats have touted for a year now, or longer, that Republicans are screwed because we don’t have an answer to suburban women who’ve turned against us. But what we’ve seen is that we do very well with suburban white men, and we shouldn’t be so scared of the gender gap,” Anderson continued. “Right now, the president’s advantage with suburban white men is greater than deficit with suburban white women.”
There is reason to be skeptical that protest-related violence will continue to be a top priority for swing voters throughout the fall, especially if the incidents of looting and violence subside as they have in other cities over the summer.
But for now, Trump is betting his political future on law and order.
The people of Kenosha, he said Tuesday, “want people that are going to keep them safe, where their houses aren’t broken into, where they’re not raped and murdered.”