A new NBC News poll has found that President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement, or ‘MAGA,’ is as unpopular as he is.
The survey, which tested the public’s opinion of the MAGA movement, found that only 24% of Americans have positive views of the movement, while 45% voice negative views. These numbers come as President Joe Biden made Trump and the MAGA movement the centerpiece of his re–election launch video Tuesday.
Biden in the video said, “MAGA extremists are lining up to take those bedrock freedoms away.” Biden and fellow Democrats often use the term “MAGA” as a catch–all to describe pro–Trump Republicans who embrace the former president’s more extreme positions, including his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
While a slight majority of Republicans view the MAGA movement positively, independents rated the movement negatively, with just 12% viewing it positively and 45% saying they have negative views of the movement.
The movement received net–positive ratings across only a few political and demographic groups, finding support among those who make up the Republican base, including Americans who are white, less educated and live in rural areas. More than a third of rural Americans have positive views of the movement, the highest of any geographic subgroup. And the movement received its highest mark from white Americans, with a 29% positive rating of any racial subgroup.
On the other hand, the movement received its highest negative ratings from groups that make up the Democratic base: the higher educated, younger people, people of color, particularly Black people, and those who define themselves as liberals.
Despite its unpopularity, the MAGA movement appears to be gaining traction in some circles. It is a movement that will likely remain a part of American politics for years to come, and it will be interesting to see how this movement shapes the future of our nation.