With Trump's polls showing him to be the least popular president in modern American history, many Democrats and political groups have assumed that voters may have felt remorse about voting Republican in 2016, AKA "Trump Regret." Even many of Trump's own voters have come out to say that they don't like the policies that he's enacted.
Controversial moves like the repeal of Net Neutrality, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, slashing public programs, and starting trade wars with Canada clearly don't resonate well with working class Americans. In fact, most media outlets have pointed out that Trump's policies show an egregious disregard for the average American family - and a bunch of love for corporations that typically do more harm than good.
Considering that Trump's policies actively hurt his own voter base, you'd think that his voters would exhibit Trump regret. But, according to new polls, they don't. Much to the shock of mainstream media, only 2% of his voters say that they regret voting for him.
The implications of this, of course, is one that is troubling for people who are in the lower class - as well as people who vote Democrat.
Why Trump's Voters Don't Regret It
What's interesting about the survey is that the same polls showed that Trump voters disliked his placing of family members in positions of political power, his proposed changes to government spending, and his Mar-A-Largo vacations. Obviously, the disapproval ratings from Democrats are much higher than what they find for Trump.
Even so, there's a lot of questions that Democrats are asking - primarily, why?
Political analysts and psychologists are saying that it has a lot to do with local culture, as well as the branding that the GOP has. The GOP has long branded itself as "the working man's group," even though their policies tend to seriously harm the middle class.
The fact is that many Republicans get their news from outlets that are extremely influenced and biased towards Republican agendas - most notably, FOX News Network. People tend to vote depending on what they read. If they aren't reading about the negative things GOP politicians have done, how can they see the problem with voting them in?
Many also are "one topic" voters who voted based on a single issue - such as abortion restrictions, gun laws, American job pressures, or building a stupid wall. This means that they will always vote for the politician that supports their issue, even if it comes at the detriment to everything else.
Of course, there's also the people out there who yearn for the 1950s to come back full-circle. More often than not, they want to see an all-white America with women in the house, rather than at the job. They rightly believe that Republicans will try to force America to revert back to that.
For people who don't see the full scale of their decisions, it's easy to see why they don't suffer from Trump regret. They legitimately think that they're doing what's right for this country - and for themselves.
Moreover, there's also an emotional and social aspect to the lack of regret that people don't really want to acknowledge. Whether we like it or not, voting Republican is "just the thing you do" in many parts of the country. Being Republican is akin to being seen as a "good, God fearing, good ol' boy Patriot."
In areas where conformity is enforced, saying that you regret voting for Trump will be met with ridicule, minimalization, and excuses. Sherri Underwood, who did vote for Trump, explained what happened when she realized she regretted her decision:
"My peers who voted for Trump still don’t get it. They tell me to give the man a chance, that it’s still too early to tell and that I shouldn’t listen to the media. They aren’t willing to let go the hope they have that he will keep their best interest in mind. They tell me, what were they going to do, vote for Hillary, of all people?"
People also don't like to admit that they are wrong, or that they may have made a serious mistake. So, there's that, too.
The Brainwashing Aspect
You may have noticed that Sherri's description of Trump voters sounds kind of strange. It sounds like they are willing to excuse any behavior he has, and that they don't want to drop their alliance to the Republican party.
The reason why they seem to be grasping at straws is because they are, and the reason why it sounds so strange is because this is exactly how cult members, MLM members, and other brainwashed groups tend to dismiss concerns that those who speak out against them have.
There are multiple accounts where Trump voters actively dismiss the news headlines that show him doing corrupt things, simply because they don't want to believe it. They are simply evading Trump regret. That's not how politics is supposed to work, but they don't care.
Their refusal to actually look at the facts, science, and studies that back good policy may also have something to do with their lack of regrets for voting for Trump...as well as their overall decision to vote red. According to one study, nine out of 10 of the least-educated states are Republican-controlled.
For people in these states, ignorance really may be bliss.
What America Ordered
"Just give him a chance!" they plead. "He's doing what he promised!"
This is true for many of his promises - including his anti-abortion bills, his decision to bring back environmentally toxic businesses, and his attempt to repeal Obamacare.
Gerrymandering is what got Trump the presidency, not the popular vote. Even so, the general consensus is that Trump won - and that the American voter has spoken up and asked for Trump.
We got what we asked for. That being said, these voters will get to experience the true results of their votes soon enough.