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Republicans Say Perot Cost Bush Reelection, See Trump As 3rd-Party President

Mega-businessman Ross Perot who died this week ran one of the highest profile third-party presidential bids in history, and many Republicans suspect he elected Bill Clinton in the process. But a sizable number of all voters think Donald Trump, elected as a Republican, is the third-party president that Perot wanted to be.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that a plurality (45%) of Likely U.S. Voters still thinks Trump governs more like a third-party president than a traditional Republican. That’s unchanged from two years ago, but nearly as many (43%) disagreed at that time. Now only 35% feel that way. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 9-10, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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