Trump’s Reality Tremor

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

For all of Trump’s outward swagger, signs are mounting that the White House is deeply rattled. Federal prosecutors now claim Trump personally directed a conspiracy to secure his election in the form of illegal hush-money payments. We’ve learned that Trump negotiated business dealings with Russia throughout the GOP primaries, which he concealed. And there are solid grounds for believing Mueller still hasn’t tipped his hand … Read More

Trump Takes A Hit In The Polls

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Two new polls that came out today affirm a sag in Trump’s standing: Quinnipiac has Trump at 38% approve, 54% disapprove… while Gallup has him at 40% approve, 54% disapprove The Quinnipeac poll takes a deeper dive on Trump: 60–32% is not honest57–38% does not have good leadership skills55-41% does not care about average Americans65–30% not level-headed57-39% is a strong person51-42% … Read More

Family Separation Policy Goes To Overboil

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There is no absence of opinion on the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” toward immigrants crossing the Southern border — a policy that includes separating children from their parents indefinitely, and detaining them in less-than-stellar conditions (including a “tent city” popping up in a region where the temperatures are often in the high 90s).  All living former first ladies have written … Read More

Trump Less Trusted Than…. Than Fake News?

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This just-released Monmouth University poll is interesting if not contradictory. Apparently, Trump’s efforts to de-legitimize mainstream news continues to be successful, although Trump is less trusted as a source of news than the mainstream media.  Of course, how one feels depends on the definition of “fake news”, and it appears to mean different things to different people.  The full PDF:

Trump’s Behavior Continues To Offend And Baffle

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Polls, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In the days following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland Florida, and with Mueller clearly breathing down Trump’s neck, his behavior has been frenzied and offensive. Here’s how Time described it: The weekend began with what many considered a victory of the smallest order. The typically chatty President bypassed the reporters to board his waiting helicopter without … Read More

How Unpopular Is Trump?

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Despite some supposed “successes” lately (the tax reform bill), Trump’s approval remains at historical lows.  First off, this graph from the New York Times reflecting how much more unpopular he is since election by every demographic (underlying data from Morning Consult): It is sorted by biggest fall, although keep in mind that some groups were so law (Dem women for … Read More

Trump Hits New Low In Pew Polls

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Polls, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

President Donald Trump has hit rock bottom again in a new poll. The Pew Research Center finds that only 32 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, the lowest level in any Pew poll measuring his job approval since he took office in January. Sixty-three percent disapprove. Trump’s approval rating has declined slightly since October when it was 34 percent, and … Read More

Trump Endorses Accused Child Molester For Senate

Ken AshfordCongress, Polls, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The chyrons say it all: Kayla Moore (Roy’s wife) confirms: This is not normal. Can you imagine, in any other time, what would happen if a President endorsed a child molester as a candidate for Senate? Polls have the two pretty close…. Latest @EmersonCollege POLL: We now have a statistical DEAD HEAT in #alabama US Senate Special Election btwn ROY … Read More

Trump’s Ego Fires Social Director

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Donald Trump is the kind of emotionally unstable individual that would see a crowd of 4,000 to 10,000 and consider it rejection, so he lashed out, and a longtime aide paid the price. From Bloomberg: As his surrogates warmed up the audience, the expanse of shiny concrete eventually filled in with cheering Trump fans. But it was too late for a … Read More

PPP Poll On Trump Et Al [UPDATE: Quinnipiac Too]

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There’s a lot to digest in the new PPP poll, so I’ll just give the topline results. It does confirm what I suspected — that Trump is not going to go much lower because his supporters are simply ignorant about discrimination.  Check this out: PPP’s newest national poll finds that Donald Trump’s approval rating is pretty steady in the wake … Read More

Interesting Poll Numbers From North Carolina — Trump Underwater

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Local Interest, Polls, Republicans, Trump & Administration, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

From PPP: PPP’s new North Carolina poll finds strong, bipartisan opposition to cuts the General Assembly has made to the budget of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Only 18% of voters support the 10 million dollars in cuts that have been made, to 60% who say they are opposed to them. This opposition is shared by independents (9/68), Democrats … Read More