As former Special Counsel Robert Mueller had more than an off-day while failing to deliver Democrats incriminating testimony that President Donald Trump conspired with the Russians in election meddling, a new poll reveals that the president’s approval rose to 46 percent, and more voters rate the economy more favorably now than they have since 2001.
“[A]pproval of the job President Trump is doing on the economy stands at 52 percent (41 percent disapprove) – just one point off his high of 53 percent last summer and up from 48–46 percent in May,” Fox News revealed from the latest Fox News Poll. “That job rating is helped, in part, by the 51 percent of voters now feeling the economy is in positive shape (excellent or good). The last time this many felt that way was almost two decades ago (59 percent, January 2001).”
Temperature gauge for 2020
Trying to get an idea of what to expect in the 2020 presidential election, the poll asked voters about a number of hot-button issues, and the results show Americans that they can look forward to little more than a toss-up between Republicans and Democrats as things stand.
“While 33 percent say economic conditions will get better if he is re-elected (39 percent worse), the same number (33 percent) think it will get better if a Democrat wins the White House (36 percent worse),” the results indicate. “In general, voters think Republicans would do a better job handling national security (+10 points) and the economy (+7), [but] they give Democrats the advantage on race relations (+23 points), bringing the country together (+15), health care (+14), and immigration (+5). It’s mostly a draw on some issues that historically fall in the GOP column, such as on foreign policy (D+4), border security (R+3), the federal budget deficit (R+3), and taxes (even).”
Even though a majority of American voters give Trump a thumbs-up when it comes to the economy, slightly less approve of his overall performance in the Oval Office (46 approve, with 51 percent disapproving), but this is an improvement from last month (45–53 percent), with his highest rating (48–47 percent) registering in February 2017.
Numbers from the poll – conducted on more than 1,000 randomly selected voters between July 21 and 23 – show the president is still unable to secure a majority of voters’ confidence in several areas.
“He receives net negative marks on border security (44 approve – 52 disapprove), immigration (41–54), international trade (40–49), Iran (39–46), North Korea (39–49), and health care (38–51),” Fox News’ Dana Blanton divulged. “The president’s lowest marks are on race relations (32–57 percent), where more voters disapprove than approve by 25 points. He was underwater by 22 points in October 2018 (35–57 percent).”
It appears Democrats and the mainstream media have been successful in one aspect of their anti-Trump campaigning and coverage – playing their race card against the president.
“Over half (57 percent) don’t believe Trump respects racial minorities – including 73 percent of non-whites.,” Blanton informed. “Some 34 percent think the president does respect minorities – down from 41 percent in 2017. That decline is mostly due to a 14-point drop among Republicans (68 percent now vs. 82 percent in 2017).”
Trump appears to have shot himself in the foot regarding the words he chose to rebuke the ultra-left members of the Squad – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) – as the media and Democrats have bombarded new coverage with the narrative that his “love it or leave it” message is racist instead of patriotic – as the president insists.
“Majorities think that Trump went too far in tweets criticizing four minority Democratic Congresswomen and believe telling a person of color to go back to the country they came from is a racist thing to say,” Blanton explained.“The new poll – released Wednesday – finds 63 percent think Trump’s tweets crossed the line. Far fewer (27 percent) see them as an acceptable political attack.”
A clear demographic and partisan divide appears when analyzing voters’ take on the presidents’ remarks.
“Thirty-three (33) percent of Republicans join 88 percent of Democrats in saying the tweets crossed the line,” the poll numbers show. “Some key electoral groups agree: 73 percent of suburban women, 68 percent of independents, and 64 percent of voters living in close counties – where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in 2016.”
A slim majority of red-leaning voters believe Trump’s rebuke was in order, while an overwhelming majority of voters on the blue side – as well as African Americans – believe it was inappropriate.
“A 53 percent majority of Republicans calls the tweets an acceptable political attack, [and] GOP men (59 percent) are more likely than GOP women (48 percent) to find them acceptable,” Blanton noted. “Black voters (79 percent), Democrats (88 percent), and Democratic women in particular (91 percent) are among those most likely to believe the tweets went too far.”
Most believe Trump should have used terminology from which less racial connotations could be drawn.
“Overall, 56 percent think it is racist to say ‘go back’ to a person of color, while 23 percent disagree, and 18 percent say it depends,” the results show. “Most Democrats (85 percent) and blacks (76 percent), over half of independents (57 percent), and half of whites (50 percent) say the ‘go back’ language is racist.Among Republicans, 21 percent feel it is racist, while more than twice that number disagree (45 percent), and 30 percent say it depends.”
No one wins popularity contest
Instead of “famous,” the word “infamous” can best describe AOC and her fellow Democrats who have made it their primary job in office to attack the president and his policies.
“One of the Congresswomen of the so-called ‘Squad’ the president criticized, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), is almost as well-known to voters nationally as long-time congressional leaders – 9 percent have never heard of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), while 12 percent are unfamiliar with Ocasio-Cortez, [and] only three percent have never heard of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” the Fox poll revealed. “Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi are about equally popular among Democrats: Pelosi rates more positively than negatively by 41 points and Ocasio-Cortez by 39. For comparison, McConnell receives a net positive by 9 points among Republicans.”
Trump’s approval ratings are still in the negative, but far above his Democratic foes.
“A majority of voters has an unfavorable view of Trump (46 percent favorable vs. 51 percent unfavorable),” Blanton noted. “Among Republicans, his favorable rating hits 87 percent, [while] Ocasio-Cortez is underwater among all voters by 7 points (34 favorable - 41 unfavorable), driven by 68 percent of Republicans rating her negatively. Pelosi is underwater by 11 points (39–50 percent) and McConnell by 22 (25–47 percent). Another member of the ‘Squad,’ Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), is viewed negatively by 11 points (26–37 percent), while 22 percent have never heard of her.”
Handling the border crisis is of major importance heading into an election year, and Democrats’ negative portrayal of overcrowded border conditions – a crisis spurred by their refusal to approve border wall funds – has swayed many voters to express concern over illegal migrants’ treatment at border facilities.
“Six in 10 voters are concerned about the treatment of migrants detained on the U.S.-Mexico border – including 31 percent who feel ‘extremely’ concerned,” the poll divulged. “Most Democrats (82 percent) are concerned, while a majority of Republicans (58 percent) is not.”
In the meantime, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to bring illegals to justice who broke the law to enter the country.
“Fox News Channel’s Chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports the White House announced Tuesday that between May 13 to July 11, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) arrested more than 900 people who had remained in the country – despite being ordered to leave,” Blanton recounted.
With Democrats – including the Squad – and Pelosi repeatedly calling for the all-out elimination of ICE, they have managed to cultivate a negative view of the agency, as expressed by nearly half of the American voters surveyed.
“Voters have mixed views on the job ICE is doing – 45 percent approve, while 49 percent disapprove,” Blanton added. “The party divide is stark – 80 percent of Republicans approve, while 80 percent of Democrats disapprove.”
Red tide coming?
As three years of incessant attacks and accusations regarding his alleged so-called Russian collusion in elections comes to an end, Trump is optimistic that the Democrats’ Mueller probe distraction is coming to an end – especially with next year’s presidential election on the near horizon.
"So, we had a very good day today," Trump told reporters, according to Townhall. "There is no defense to this ridiculous hoax – this witch hunt that's been going on for a long time … pretty much from the time I came down the escalator with the First Lady.
Taking the focus off the negativity after calling the Mueller investigation nothing short of a “disgrace” to the country, the 45th president pointed to his administration’s victories over his past two years in office.
"We've done a great job,” Trump impressed. “We've got the strongest stock market. We've got the best unemployment numbers, the most people working in the history of the country right now – almost 160 million. Our military has been rebuilt and [is] getting even stronger. We've done a great job, and we've done it under this terrible, phony cloud – a phony cloud. That's all it was, and they should be ashamed of themselves."
He called the hearings a “disgrace” and a “devastating day” for the Democratic Party, who he believes “hurt themselves badly” heading into an election year.
"They are devastated – the Democrats lost so big today. Their party is in shambles right now,” Trump said after Mueller’s subpar performance yesterday, according to RealClearPolitics (RCP). “They've got the Squad leading their Party. They are a mess. Wherever you take a look [...] and so many of the people that were the most outspoken, and they say this was a devastating day for the Democrats and you know it … and everybody else knows it. This was a devastating day for the Democrats."
The president argued that Mueller’s abysmal performance for the Democratic Party this week backfired on them and will cost them dearly when Americans cast their votes next November.
"I think we're going to win bigger than ever," Trump predicted, regarding his chances in the 2020 presidential election.