There’s nothing like bombing the shit out of something to bump up your approval ratings. As shown below, Donald Trump is familiar with the concept. And it almost always works – even the historically unpopular Trump got a small boost from the pre-disclosed (to the Russians of course) cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase. Fivethirtyeight has Trump’s composite approval/disapproval ratings now at 41.5% approval against 52.5% disapproval – still a negative 11 point spread. The numbers may be somewhat skewed by the outlier Ipsos poll which has Trump with a favorable 2 point spread.
The latest Quinnipiac University Poll has Donald Trump at a 35% approval rating -with 57% of Americans disapproving of the neophyte president. The negative 22 point spread is unprecedented for a president less than 3 months into his first term. Trump only seems to be holding on to the hardcore GOP base with 79% of Republicans still approving of his job performance. Overall, he is underwater with men, women, whites, non-whites, Democrats, Independents and people with brains. Other than Republicans he still has support from Russians, alien smugglers, polluters, Israeli settlers, late night comedians desperate for material, golf course designers, the criminally insane and anyone predicting that the end times are near.
Even more troubling for Trump are poll numbers showing that –
64% think he is not honest (Red can’t imagine where they get that idea)
66% think he is not level-headed (Well how could he be with that hair?)
55% think he is not a strong leader (Can’t even get wife to live in the freaking White House)
57% think he does not care about ordinary Americans (It’s difficult to really care about ordinary Americans when you have never actually met one)
It is really hard to make a comeback when 2/3rds of Americans think you are a liar and there is objective proof to back that up.
In the wake of the incredibly bungled push to repeal and replace Obamacare, Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll has Donald Trump’s approval rating a 36% – a new low. His disapproval rating of 57% is one point below his all-time high of 58% reached earlier this month.
Red still thinks his floor is around 29% – which means DT doesn’t have to much farther to fall to bottom out – at which point he may get the dreaded “Dead Cat Bounce.” Trump can take some solace in the fact that the Republican controlled Congress is even less popular. Real Clear Politics reports that Congress’ average approval rating for March is 20.8% with 64.5% of Americans disapproving of the job Congress is doing. What outstanding leadership the Grand Ol’ Party has produced.
From the Annals of Lying Ted – In 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) announced that he would seek the GOP nomination for President. Cruz who had held elective office for less than 2 years and was widely reported to be the most hated man in the U.S. Senate seemed a long shot at the time but stunned observers by winning the Iowa Caucuses. That win kept him in the race for the long haul. Cruz racked up several more primary and caucus wins including Texas. Cruz’s campaign, however, was dogged by accusations and proof of various “dirty tricks” including a misinformation campaign about Ben Carson before the Iowa Caucus and a smear campaign against Marco Rubio. These problems resulted in Donald Trump (amazingly now it seems) tagging his as “Lying Ted.” In the end, Cruz was unable to match the bombastic firepower of Donald Trump and was forced to suspend his campaign after losing in Indiana. There was talk of Cruz attempting to engineer a brokered convention but that fell apart with Trump’s closing rush. It is hard to say how the losing run will affect Cruz’s political future. He seems certain to draw an opponent in the Republican primary in 2018.
On a personal note, Red can state that within in 10 minutes of meeting Ted Cruz (well before he became a major public figure), he was convinced that he was about the most obnoxious person he had ever met.
Donald Trump’s latest approval rating has him at 37% favorable. Trump has ranged from a high of 46% right after taking office to his current low in the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll. Even more troubling for Trump should be the steady rise in his disapproval rating which is now at an all time high of 58% up 13 points from January.
For comparison, only Bill Clinton and Bush I were in the 50’s at this point in their presidencies and most presidents have been above 60% with Carter, Kennedy and Eisenhower in the 70’s.
Not that you asked, but Red thinks the current approval floor is a bit above the pathetic 25% W. Bush hit at the end of his disastrous second term. Red reckons that about 29% of Americans will approve of Trump no matter what he says or does. But even the 30’s are troubling – with such lows having been hit by embattled and impeached Nixon and incompetent and overwhelmed W. Bush in their second terms as well as by one-termers Carter and Bush I.
The Texas Tribune (in an article by Kiah Collier and Neena Satija) explains how the Great Wall of Trump planned for the border will have a potentially devastating impact on wildlife in the incredibly bio-diverse region that is the Texas-Mexico border along the Rio Grande or as Red prefers the Rio Bravo del Norte. The problem is made greater because the Congress allowed the Department of Homeland Security to basically ignore all the environmental laws that would’ve required the agency to fully study how the Great Wall of Trump would affect wildlife.
What the border fence has kept out instead, according to environmentalists, scientists and local officials, is wildlife. And the people who have spent decades acquiring and restoring border habitat say that if President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to turn the border fence into a continuous, 40-foot concrete wall, the situation for wildlife along the border — one of the most biodiverse areas in North America — will only get worse.
When you envision the U.S.-Mexico border, you might think of a barren, dusty desert. But it actually ranks among the most biodiverse places in North America — particularly the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. The Valley is home to some of the last remaining tracts of sabal palm forest in the country — a lush, subtropical ecosystem that is prime habitat for an endangered wild cat called the ocelot.
Two major migratory bird paths also converge in the region, and several tropical bird species there can’t be found anywhere else in the United States. More than 100 other endangered species may be impacted by construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an analysis of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data.
As Red has noted, this is what the people voted for and this is what they deserve to get. Screw a bunch of ocelots and coatis if it will keep one more illegal alien from trying to make a better life for himself or herself in the land of the free. And it will be a minor deal compared to the screwing that many Trump voters are going to get with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“Let me go very, very dark on you. The president of the United States put his own reputation, the reputation of his predecessor and the reputation of his nation at risk to get at least a draw out of the next 24 hours of news.”
Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.) on Morning Joe discussing Trump’s apparently baseless accusation that Barack Obama had wiretapped his phone.