Most people who saw a video of Donald Trump making lewd sexual comments said in our most recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that they had a less favorable impression of the GOP nominee. But exactly how bad did people feel during the video? Click on the clips below to watch voters’ opinion drop into negative territory and keep going when it comes to the infamous Trump video and the apology video statement he released in response.
Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s Chief Research Officer, said the 2005 Access Hollywood video stands out as one of the most negative clips he has ever dial-tested. “I’ve tested hundreds of political videos and advertisements, and this is the lowest I have ever seen a dial-test score. For a score to be this low there has to be negative reactions among all Republicans, Democrats and independent viewers,” Dropp said.
Respondents were asked to watch the videos and use their mouse or arrow keys to register how positively or negatively they felt about the video, moment to moment. If they didn’t move at all, the score registered as zero. Negative scores go as low as -100, positive scores go up to 100.
LEAKED VIDEO OF TRUMP LEWD COMMENTS
The leaked video of Trump making lewd comments about assaulting women immediately garnered negative views from voters, and continued dropping through the entire clip. Our poll found that 61 percent of voters said the video gave them a less favorable view of Trump, including 48 percent of Republicans.
TRUMP APOLOGY VIDEO
Trump’s apology fared much better than the leaked video, but reactions were still negative overall. Voters particularly didn’t like when Trump said his words “don’t reflect” who he is. Voters were split when it came to their impressions of Trump after the apology video. Nearly four in ten said they had a more favorable view of him, the same number said they had a less favorable view.