The real problem with Trump’s popularity

He’s still way more popular than he has any right to be (hooray for partisanship).  Love this from Damon Linker:

resident Trump’s approval rating has sunk to historic lows. No president has hit an average of 38 percent this early in his first term. Those of us who are prone to despair at the disaster of the Trump administration are told to take solace in this fact.

This is dead wrong — a product of analysts insisting on judging the 45th president by the same standards that applied to previous occupants of the White House when no such comparison is warranted.

The politically relevant, and profoundly disturbing, fact is precisely the opposite of the conventional wisdom: After six months of unremitting chaos, lies, ignorance, trash-talking vulgarity, legislative failure, and credible evidence of a desire to collude with a hostile foreign government to subvert an American election, President Trump’s approval rating is astonishingly high — with something between one-third and two-fifths of the American people apparently liking what they see and hear from the White House. They approve of the constant ignoble churn and presumably want it to continue. This is the kind of politics they prefer.

That is simply stunning — and reveals just how precarious American democracy has become. [emphasis mine]

And a tweet from Nate Silver with the latest on presidential approval:


On the bright side, at least a solid majority of Americans have figured it out.  And a lot of those “approve” would probably approve of a table leg with (R) next to it’s name.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to The real problem with Trump’s popularity

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    The counter force of nativism has been with our American democracy from the beginning. It waxes and wanes. What makes it so strong today is the careful cultivation over the last decades of resentment among those at the lower end of the economic well being scale. Combine that with big money accumulated from our tax laws favoring the wealthy and the interests of large big business and we get focused spending to whip up those resentments into powerful political action..
    Riding the tiger of resentment may bring power but it also brings risks that the tiger may turn vicious when economic improvement doesn’t happen. First It’s most likely to turn on the identified enemies of the nativists and not on those who manipulated the resentment into rage. But when chaos rules, any one or group can become the target.
    May you live in interesting times.

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