Trump is outperforming other polls when likely voters are figured in

President Donald Trump is more popular with likely voters than he is with the general public, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores why Republican lawmakers have largely stuck with the polarizing president despite his plunging approval ratings.

The poll, released on Wednesday, shows he polls better among people who voted in the 2016 presidential election than with the overall U.S. adult population – a group that includes both voters and non-voters. Only about 60 percent of the voting-age public took part in last year’s election.

In October, for example, 44 percent of 2016 voters said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, compared with 37 percent of the general population. Among Republicans, 82 percent of voters approved of Trump in October, compared with 75 percent of all Republicans. (Graphic:

Some 85 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 said they would do so again, the poll found.

The findings suggest that Republican candidates in the 2018 congressional elections who shun the president risk alienating his followers, Republican strategists and political scientists said. At the same time, those who embrace him in the early primary races that choose party candidates risk losing moderate voters in the general election.
I was a reluctant Trump voter in 2016, but I am no longer reluctant.  That is based on a couple of factors. 

First, Trump has been effective at moving his agenda despite the obstinate obstruction of Democrats.  His judicial nominees are outstanding,  His economic policies and deregulation have dramatically improved the job market and the overall economy.  His unleashing of the military in the fight against ISIS has been a success.

Second, the hostility of the media has had the opposite of its intended effect on my judgment of Trump.  Their basic unfairness on things large and small has done great harm to their credibility with me.  They are feeding the anti-Trump voters what they want to hear instead of a balanced presentation of the fact. 

The most recent example was when they deceptively edited the feeding of the koi fish to make it look like Trump screwed up by dumping his box of fish food in the water, but omitting the fact that he was following the lead of the Japanese leader.  It may look like a small thing but the intended effect is to make him look clueless.  It was another dishonest story using fraud by omission.  It is why they have lost the trust of many voters.


  1. Yes, another example of media fraud by omission, however I believe many voters lost trust in the media a very, very long time ago. I believe we also lost trust in government both small and large and deep, bureaucracy of any kind anywhere, and academia from K-19 or beyond, both coasts, and especially cities.


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