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    Trump Ratings Hit New Low. Should Republicans Be Worried?

    Posted on March 20, 2017 at 9:04 AM
    BY TIM MORRIS, COLUMNIST

    At what point do Republicans start worrying about President Donald Trump’s dropping job approval ratings, even if he doesn’t? Maybe now?

    Gallup reported Sunday (March 19) that the president’s numbers had hit a new low with just 37 percent of Americans approving of the job he is doing, while 58 percent disapprove. That wouldn’t be good news at any point, but especially not at a time when congressional Republicans are trying to agree on a replacement for Obamacare, pass a tighter budget, make changes to the tax code, and approve a new U.S. Supreme Court justice.

    Trump’s approval rating had hovered in the mid to low 40s in the first weeks of his administration, but have continued to sag since as he has made a series of missteps.

    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of Trump’s job performance. The daily results are based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 national adults and have a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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    http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/03/trump_ratings_hit_new_low_shou.html

     



    IT’S NOT JUST TRUMP: POLL SAYS HIS CABINET AND OTHER REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE UNPOPULAR TOO

    BY JASON LE MIERE ON 3/20/17 AT 3:48 PM

    Donald Trump has set record low approval ratings at this early stage of his presidency. But in the White House and the Republican leadership, Trump is far from alone in his unpopularity, a poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute earlier this month has indicated.

    According to the poll, which surveyed 1,073 adults between March 3 and March 11 with a margin of error of three percent, virtually all of Trump’s staff and cabinet appointments had a higher percentage that disapproved than approved of their early job performance.

    Vice President Mike Pence’s combined approval rating—those who strongly approve and somewhat approve—was marginally higher than Trump’s, 45.5 percent compared with 44.1 percent. The president did provoke more dislike, however, recording a combined disapproval rating of 51.2 percent, compared with Pence’s 43.4 percent.

    Trump’s advisers have proven similarly unfavorable with Americans. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a controversial figure from the outset as a result of his time as publisher for Breitbart News, had an approval rating of 36 percent. Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, who has often been the public face of the campaign, had an approval rating of 37.2 percent, just marginally less than Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

    The lowest approval rating, though, belonged to Betsy DeVos. Only 34.5 percent indicated that they approved of the Michigan billionaire, who required an unprecedented tiebreaking vote from Pence to confirm her as education secretary last month.

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    http://www.newsweek.com/president-donald-trump-popularity-cabinet-571192

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    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      1. For one, Trump did not have a mandate. His win was more about a lucky guy

      against the worst Democrat alive. Since the Democrats are not seen as the answer to the people’s woes….I say political life looks ready for a Third Party! No bias there or anything. ha ha.

      • pinduck (1109 posts)
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        3. There may be a worse Democrat somewhere but until he/she surfaces

        Clinton has that title.

        "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
        • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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          4. I think so…she was a train wreck long before the e-mail server issue.

          • pinduck (1109 posts)
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            11. As many pointed out: The more people see her and know of her record

            the less they like her and decide that they would never vote for her. I don’t see how you recover from this perception.

            "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
            • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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              13. Yea, I don't see how its possible.

            • MistaP (6460 posts)
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              21. their response to that fact was telling: they tried and run against reality!

              bar the door Sally! over and over they admitted the facts were true but still tried to fight against them, and that just doesn’t work out

              http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
    • pinduck (1109 posts)
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      2. The Republicans are worried that Trump may panic and advocate

      for Medicare For All, a truly popular position and one that may be a lifeline for him.

      "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
      • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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        5. I will be shocked if he tries to do that and not just dangle the carrot for

        votes. If he does he’ll win 2020, I think.

        • pinduck (1109 posts)
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          7. Well I was being punkie but with Trump you never know, esp. when

          he starts to “think big”

          "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
          • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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            12. His empire doesn't depend on the health care insurance industry nor big pharma

            so he could…but I just see the man as a loyal pig to money interests even when it won’t cost him. He’s only been president for a couple of months, if he gets desperate it would be a gift to the people and have the potential to break the strong hold of big money on that issue. The cons will go completely nuts.

            • pinduck (1109 posts)
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              15. I don't think it will happen. But…Bernie did carry all 55 WV counties &

              they liked him the other day in MacDowell county and if Trump feels the pressure day after day(and it won’t take many days with him) he may decide on health care over another war…no one can know with this guy

              "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
              • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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                18. I hope you're right…it is despicable what we have now. We all know why

                its as bad as it is..money over people’s welfare and their very lives.

      • Ohio Barbarian (5195 posts)
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        6. Lol. I think not. Well, not that Trump would panic, anyway.

        If he feels snubbed or betrayed by the Republicans, for whatever reason, real or imaginary, he just might do it in a temper tantrum, though. I just think he’s too loyal to other rich fuckers who are like him. 

        Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
        • pinduck (1109 posts)
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          9. That describes him better: temper tantrum might provoke a grandiose

          response along these lines from him. I agree that his loyalty is to the Wealther class but he’s not one of the in group like the CFR I don’t think.  So he may well feel the Snub at some point.

          "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
          • Ohio Barbarian (5195 posts)
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            14. Nah, CFR he's definitely not.

            And maybe I put it wrong. Trump’s a narcissist, so he’s loyal to people who tell him how wonderful he is. He’ll turn on anyone who doesn’t play nice with him. He actually says things like that: “(Insert critic or opponent here) wasn’t nice at all, at all! He was terrible. Not a nice person.”

            I’m glad I like dark comedy. If I didn’t, I’d probably be making fire bombs by now.

            Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
            • pinduck (1109 posts)
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              16. You put it correctly and have Trump's personality nailed. He's used to people

              jumping when he says “jump” and the CFR directorate won’t – I can see a Trump-snit from a perceived slight….Hell with the CFR & Trilaterals, the slight will be real.

              "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
    • Major Hogwash (2777 posts)
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      8. Yes, and here's the reason why . . . .

      Most of the counties that voted for Trump are the very same counties that will be hit the hardest by his stupid budget.

      His popularity falling like a rock in the polls will give them the hint that he ain’t so hot, and ain’t what they thought he would be, so then they will join in and start complaining about him, too.

       

      Trump moya marionetka ~ Putin  
    • Ohio Barbarian (5195 posts)
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      10. They should. They'll drop Trump like a hot rock if they conclude they are doomed

      by sticking with him. For now, they’re just trying to use him to turn their wet dreams into reality. The problem is, they have several different factions who hate each other, and none of them may be capable of compromising with each other. Look at Ryancare, backed for now by Trump. Some Republicans think it’s not cruel enough, so they won’t vote for it as is. If Ryan moves in their direction, it has zero chance of passing in the Senate because some Republican Senators know if they vote for such a thing they’ll be lynched.

      But all of them, and many if not most Democrats, believe in this weird capitalist religion that preaches that for-profit businesses can always do a better job than an elected, responsible government can. They assume it to be true. They can’t even question it. In that sense, they’re all as nutty as The Donald.

      Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
      • pinduck (1109 posts)
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        17. Medicare: 3% overhead; Private insurance: 15% to 18% overhead.

        Yet, the received wisdom is that capitalist enterprises can do a better job at delivering health care services.  It’s nutso.

        "Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
    • PFunk1 (1228 posts)
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      19. They are but for now the repugs are using him for all he's worth.

      To them he’s like a tool they can use to finally try push their agenda thru.  And once he’s served his purpose they will find some way to toss him to the side.  Which IMO will be sometime early in 2018.  The part I think most repugs don’t understand (note: IMO also) is that in spite his many faults he also knows this and may do something to hurt them badly if they try to ‘dump’ him.  So I’m looking at a who’s going to turn on who first scenario.

    • Xyzse (3202 posts)
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      20. I don't think so. Unfortunately, Democrats have proven themselves untrustworthy

      The fact that many things that Trump wanted to push through has faltered with Republicans and Democrats make him the better choice for many.

      Democrats have yet shown themselves to be a credible alternative to Trump, other than the fact that they are not Trump.

      Up till now, they have nothing to stand on.  They say “Look at the Platform” yet their actions show that they themselves are against the platform they state they are for.

      At this time, why should they be worried when Bush II was hovering at the same area?  http://www.gallup.com/poll/116500/presidential-approval-ratings-george-bush.aspx

      Today’s polling shows him at 42% approval, 52% disapproval.

      George W. Bush’s 2001-2009 Term Average = 49%
      George W. Bush’s First-Term Average = 62%
      George W. Bush’s Second-Term Average = 37%
      George W. Bush’s High Point: = 90% (Sep 21-22, 2001)
      George W. Bush’s Low Point: = 25% (three times; most recent: Oct 31-Nov 2, 2008)

      Bush won in 2004 against Kerry.

      Unless Democrats improve themselves, we will get Trump for 8 years barring impeachment or resignation.  It is interesting how the first article does not mention if Democrats have a better polling number than Trump, merely stating that they are doing best with people of color.

      By the way, I just checked, they are still lower than Trump, clocking at 49.5% unfavorable.

      http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/democratic-party-favorable-rating

      So, unfortunately, they could get away with more since Democrats don’t offer better.