Monday, March 12, 2018

Another Poll Highlights The Problems Of Trump And GOP

The results shown in all these charts are from the latest Monmouth University Poll -- done between March 2nd and 5th of a random national sample of 803 adults, with a 3.5 point margin of error.

Like all other polls, it shows that the Trump administration and the GOP-dominated 115th Congress are very unpopular with most Americans. Trump has a negative 15 point net approval rating. Congress is even worse, with a net negative approval gap of 54 points. Both point to a possible wave election that will flip Congress in November. That is also reflected by a 9 point generic ballot gap favoring Democrats.

White House officials say Trump is ready to hit the campaign trail to help Republicans in the coming election. I wonder though -- if you were a Republican running in this election, would you want Trump to come to your district and campaign for you? If you are running in a very safe district, you wouldn't need him -- and if you are running in a competitive district, he would probably hurt more than help. It will be interesting to see how many Republicans actually want him campaigning in their district.

The charts below show another problem for Republicans. Americans (73%) believe Russia interfered with the 2016. And they (64%) think Russia is again trying to interfere in the 2018 election. It would make sense then that our government would be taking actions to prevent that interference. But 62% say Trump is not taking the Russian interference seriously, and 59% say the government is not doing enough to stop the Russian interference.

Why isn't our Republican-dominated government taking all steps possible to prevent Russia from meddling in our elections? Do they not care about the sanctity of our electoral process? Or do they think the Russians will help them survive the coming election? Either way, the Republicans are disappointing a significant majority of Americans.

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