But much of it is his pugnacious personality, says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac poll.
And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.
He served as a pugnacious and dedicated leader of the opposition.
Short and pugnacious, intense and vulgar, Sarkozy is not the kind of man with whom many French want to raise a glass of wine.
An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years.
He has been seen to give battle to three pugnacious bull elk at once, and has killed numbers of them in single combat.
They are fierce, pugnacious animals, and are said to be more than a match for a bear.
He was of gentle Scottish birth, but his own acquaintances declared that he was of a "quarrelsome and pugnacious disposition."
The general disposition was choleric, pugnacious, litigious.
This element unites in agreement all the pugnacious sectaries who join battle over the other elements of the former faith.
1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").