If you’re a long-time reader of these articles, you know quite well how I’m not very fond of just about any poll. Often times, polls are inaccurate or misleading and don’t offer a real perspective of the political views of the country. But some polls tend to be more reliable than others and will often show a little (or a lot) less bias than others. While they may still not be insanely accurate, they are at least a bit more trustworthy than many others.
Rasmussen reports that on December 29th, 2009, 46% of the voters approved of the job Obama was doing, while 53% disapproved. They compare these numbers to Trump’s, saying that Trump has a 45% approval rating among likely voters and 53% disapproval rating.
Looking at these numbers alone, you might not think much of them. They’re not very high for either, but not very low. What you do have to look at, however, is their significance.
I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t really pay much attention to the world around me until roughly 2011-2012. But even I, a child who didn’t pay much attention to the world back in 2008-2009, could tell that Obama was very popular. He was arguably at the peak of his popularity in the beginning, when the country was excited to have their very first African-American President.
Obama, particularly back then, was considered a demigod by much of the country, considering he had won by a massive landslide against his opponent John McCain (though who knows how he would’ve fared against an actually conservative opponent. He might’ve still won, but maybe not by a landslide).
So to see that, at least in this poll, Trump’s numbers resemble that of Obama’s after his first year in office is very significant.
Of course, the Left is doing their best to make this insignificant, saying that Rasmussen’s reports include “only likely voters in its polling, a group that tends to skew more heavily Republican, since Republicans tend to vote more regularly.”, according to the Washington Post.
Right, a couple of things. First, it’s not our fault Democrats tend to have the charm of a rotting corpse (and sometimes have the looks of a rotting corpse *ahem* Hillary *ahem*). If Democrats can’t draw very many people to enthusiastically vote for them, that’s their problem.
Polling likely voters doesn’t take away from the value of the poll. It shows you what people who will likely vote in the next significant election think of a candidate.
Second, other polls, particularly those run by the Left, tend to oversample Democrats. Look back at the polls run by the Left during the 2016 presidential election. All of them had Hillary winning the election either by a landslide or by a few points. In the end, Trump beat Hillary by a landslide.
Polls run by Democrats tend to be very biased. They’re not always wrong, as in the case of the Alabama Special election or the 2012 presidential election, but they’ve been very wrong plenty of times.
For any poll that surveys likely voters to view Trump as favorably as Obama in his first year in office is truly significant. Like I said, Obama was a very popular President, particularly in the beginning. And despite all of the negative press (seriously, only 5% of news about Trump is positive) and despite the baseless claims of Russian collusion, likely voters still have a rather positive outlook on Trump. At least as positive as they did 8 years ago with Obama.
A President’s first year in office tends to not be great. An incoming President inherits the rules and regulations put into place by his predecessor and works to either continue working with those rules and regulations or seeks to change them. Even the Left understands this concept (to an extent).
Even they know and freely admit that Obama inherited a very poor economy which was only made to look better through the Dow Jones Industrial Average by the end of his presidency. Aside from that, high rates of unemployment were prominent during the Obama years, the national debt skyrocketed, and businesses were taxed and regulated heavily enough to keep those unemployment rates from coming down.
The American economy merely survived 8 years of Obama. After 1 year of Trump, it’s very much THRIVING. Not that the Left wants you to know that. They certainly don’t need to tell you that the economy is doing the greatest it has in a very long time. You can see it for yourself. You can experience it for yourself.
Even the Left has had to mention that the economy is doing well under Trump, which for one reason or the other, they say credit should go to Obama. Despite the fact that many Leftist entrepreneurs and investors expected the economy to collapse with the mere ELECTION of Trump, the economy is quickly coming off life support. It’s growing at unprecedented rates and can only get better from here.
Remember, the tax cuts have yet to even be implemented. Once they come about, things will be a lot better for middle-class families and businesses.
It’s this thriving economy, alongside seeing the rather quick defeat of ISIS, that is keeping Trump supporters more than happy with Trump. It’s even bringing in people who were previously Never Trump!
He’s having a fantastic first year in office. So far, he’s 100x better than Obama was in all of his 8 years! For Rasmussen to show favorability numbers like these is very impressive. If the media treated Trump the way they treated Obama, who knows what his approval rating would be! Maybe the highest for any President in recent time!
Obama was a terrible President that was popular thanks only to the media, not because of his so-called “accomplishments”, a list that would be easier to fill than a grocery list. Trump is a fantastic President that, among likely voters, is as popular as Obama was in his first year in office largely due to his accomplishments.
I’ve said multiple times that the Left lives in their own little bubble. In an alternate reality where the majority of the country absolutely hates Trump and everything he’s doing. Meanwhile, on planet Earth, Trump is a very popular President and a very successful President so far.
While I am very much aware that he’s highly despised by many in the country, I believe there are more people who support him (at least internally) than who hate him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have become President.
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