Republicans today are less likely to say that moral leadership is a must-have in a sitting president than they were under former President Bill Clinton, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Overall, U.S. adults see moral leadership as a less important task for the president than they did roughly two decades ago, the poll found. Sixty-six percent said it is an important responsibility of the president, compared to 72 percent who gave that response in polls between 1994 and 1999.
But Republicans showed the biggest drop in how much they value moral leadership from the president, from 86 percent to just 63 percent, the Gallup poll found.
Among Democrats, the importance of moral leadership increased over the same time period, indicative of the partisan nature of the issue:
From 1994 to 1999, an average of 64 percent of Democrats said moral leadership was important, compared to 77 percent today.
While the majority of all Americans find President Donald Trump lacking in moral leadership – 59 percent – Gallup found an unsurprising disparity between the parties:
Republicans and Democrats diverged sharply on the president's moral leadership, with 77 percent of Republicans saying that he provides strong moral leadership and 91 percent of Democrats saying his moral leadership is weak. Sixty percent of independents said they view Trump's moral leadership as weak.