A friend of mine recently wrote to me about President Trump's low approval rating. He said, "The media claims Donald's support is down to 38%. I don't believe it. Everyone I know is still behind him and believes he is the best thing for this country."
Of course, one robin doesn't make a spring. My friend has a higher-than-average education; and, from my knowledge of him (and that he's a retired computer science teacher,) I know that he's very bright. He probably associates mainly with bright people (such as I.) A typical leftist might grasp at straws ans accuse him of dwelling in something like their safe space: an echo chamber of ideas.
What about people who live and work outside my friend's circle of acquaintances? What about the 62% who either disapprove of President Trump's performance or the clueless clods who have no opinion of him because they spend most of their time distracted by Game of Thrones, ESPN, or the Kardashians? The ones who'd rather look for Pokemon than look for a job?
- The 38% in question is the finding of the same pollsters who told us that Clinton had a 97% chance of winning the 2016 election. The Rasmussen poll, which came closest to being accurate in 2016, which uses the most reliable sampling, and which asks only people who are likely voters, says Trump has a 41% approval rating. That's about 3 percentage points lower than Obama's at the same point in his first term of office. Obama had a honeymoon period; Trump didn't.
- Trump is attacked daily in the corporate media, while Obama largely got a free ride. According a survey of news reports a month or so ago, the most Trump-friendly "news" outlet (Fox) was negative on Trump around 60 percent of the time. CNN was negative 97% of the time, and they even chose to ignore important issues just so they could hammer him over petty lies such as whether he ate two scoops of ice cream or just one.
- During the 2016 campaign, voters naturally compared Trump to Clinton and, of course, Trump won. After nine months of hammering, with no flesh-and-blood opponent, most voters unconsciously compare Trump to an imaginary ideal President.
- Voters have short memories. During the campaign, the opposition was constantly saying in so many words that Trump was promising things that no one could achieve. Remember what Obama said to the Carrier air conditioning employees about Trump's promise to save their jobs and to bring manufacturing and coal jobs back to America? Obama called Donald Trump's jobs promises a cruel hoax. (When half the jobs were returned, and other jobs opened up elsewhere, the Obamatards attacked Trump for not saving all the Carrier jobs and for not using traditional Republican means to save and create jobs.) Remember what the Democrat naysayers said when Trump promised to raise the GDP to 2%, 2.5% or even higher? (Now it's 2.6% and climbing.) What about other economic indicators? (They're all skyrocketing to their highest levels in 15 years.) Curbing illegal aliens? (Illegal border crossings are down by three fourths.) Name the promise. Except for the promises that depended on the cooperation of RINOs such as Songbird McCain, Snitch McConnell, Swish Graham, and Paul RINO, he has kept his promises beyond all expectation. After doing what the Democrats said was impossible, they whine that he didn't do enough.
- There's one other point about Trump's approval rating: the word approval is open to interpretation. Voters can support every one of his initiatives and still not "approve" of him as a person. By contrast, Justin Trudeau is destroying Canada; but, according to Business Insider, four out of ten Americans would rather have Trudeau as U.S. President. And what words of praise does Business Insider have for Trudeau? His flashy clothes and celebrity status. But wait a minute. If four out of ten Americans would rather have Trudeau than Trump, that would mean that six out of ten would rather have Trump or are not sure which they'd rather have. That goes back to what I said about Trump needing to be compared to a real person and not an imaginary ideal. When compared to Clinton, Trump won. Now, compared to Trudeau, Trump still wins.
Now that Donald Trump has done more for the American people in seven months than Obama had done in eight years, what are the Democrats doing to counter his moves? They've come up with a new slogan: "A Better Deal."
They still don't realize that every political issue represents human needs and human desires. They still think that political issues are all about public relations. When the policies are disastrous for the American people, we don't need a better public relations initiative; we need better policies.
We're supposed to believe that the Democrats' "better deal" will be given to us by the same people who gave us a really rotten deal. So why doesn't it fill me with confidence?
"A Better Deal"? No thanks. President Donald Trump is already giving us the best deal we've had in my lifetime.