“11% who voted for Trump say they’d be less likely to vote for 2020 candidate who backs flavored e-cigarette ban”
“Trump’s advisers have reportedly sowed fear that a ban could wreak havoc on his re-election effort in 2020. And according to new Morning Consult data, the administration may have cause for concern.”
11 percent of Trump voters are less likely to vote for a 2020 candidate who backs a ban on flavored vaping products, according to a just-released Morning Consult poll.
Morning Consult stated:
“In a Nov. 22-24 survey of 1,988 voters, roughly 1 in 10 Trump 2016 voters said a 2020 presidential candidate backing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes would be less likely to win their vote, with 8 percent saying they would be ‘much less likely’ to vote in favor of that candidate. The sample of 677 Trump voters has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.”
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist said in response to the poll findings:
“This poll showing the power of the vaping issue in driving how millions of Americans will vote confirms that people vote on issues of immediate and personal impact. The anti-vaping prohibitionists are threatening the lives of those Americans who use vaping as their way to stop smoking. They won’t go back without a fight.
“Woe to the politician who stands between the 10 million vapers and their choice for life and health. Americans want to be left alone to run their own lives and to protect their own health. Vapers have made a decision to stop smoking and choose the healthier path of vaping. Woe to the politician who stands between any American and their desire to lead a healthier, longer life.”
Paul Blair, director of strategic initiatives at Americans for Tax Reform issued the following statement:
“Today’s Morning Consult poll further validates what we have long said about the importance of vaper voters as a political constituency in 2020. The fact that 11 percent of Trump voters will be less likely to vote for the president next year if he implements a ban on most vapor products demonstrates that this issue could easily and singlehandedly cost him the election in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.”
“This poll follows an October poll conducted by Trump campaign pollster John McLaughlin that showed 83% of adult vapor product consumers in the 17 battleground states in 2020 are likely to decide their vote based solely on a candidate’s position on nicotine vapor products and issues. That poll also showed that 74% of adult vapers would be less likely to vote for the President if he implemented a vape ban. McLaughlin concluded, ‘The vapor consumers in Trump’s base would likely turn on him over this single issue.’ Today’s Morning Consult poll shows that an even broader constituency than vapers themselves may turn on the President over this issue.
Vaping is a political issue for more than 13 million adults because so many of them have successfully used these reduced risk alternatives to cigarettes to quit smoking. When you jeopardize people’s livelihoods by threatening kill 150,000 jobs and put at risk the improved health of millions of adults by threatening to take away their access to e-cigarettes, you will lose votes. Personal health is a political issue and prohibition is a losing proposition.”
The following groups and individuals oppose a ban on flavored vaping products for adults:
American Conservative Union
Americans for Tax Reform
Independent Women’s Forum
Citizens Against Government Waste
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage Foundation’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow
60 Plus Association
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
Hispanic Leadership Fund
James Madison Institute
Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Montana Policy Institute
R Street Institute
Rio Grande Foundation
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
American Consumer Institute
Consumer Choice Center
And many others: click here to see a conservative coalition letter to President Trump urging him to oppose a ban.
Many left wing politicians want to impose a flavored vape ban including Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, Dick Durbin, Rashida Tlaib, Patty Murray, and pretty much everyone in charge of San Francisco.
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