This is a bad polling report, but we must deal with realities and facts lest we just turn into a liberal version of Republicans.
A new Gallup poll finds President Trump’s rating for handling the economy, 56%, is the highest of his presidency and the highest of his approval ratings on any of 14 domestic and foreign issues tested. At the same time, his overall 43% job approval rating is essentially unchanged from a month ago but appears to be stabilizing at a higher level than it had been in late 2018 and early 2019. If Trump wasn’t Trump, but a standard Democratic or Republican President like Obama or Bush or Clinton, his approval rating would be in the 60’s. So I guess that is a silver lining.
This is why I do not view the defeat of Trump in 2020 as a slam dunk or a forgone conclusion as some of my colleagues on another site have stated. The strong economy is keeping Trump competitive, no matter how horrible the economy is for wages and income inequality. Which is why a new Axios report should strike fear into the heart of the President: “The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model is known for predicting GDP readings that start out exceedingly high and eventually recoil back to trend. But Monday’s reading shows expectations for just 0.3% growth in the first quarter of 2019. It followed a weak U.S. construction spending report that badly missed expectations.” What that means is that it is quite possible that we will have negative growth in the GDP in the first quarter of 2019.
A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds a slight majority of Texas voters would choose someone other than Donald Trump in a presidential race held right now.
“While 45% said they would ‘definitely vote for someone else,’ 39% said they would ‘definitely vote to re-elect Donald Trump.’ But the president got 10% who said they would ‘probably vote to re-elect Donald Trump,’ and only 6% said they would ‘probably vote for someone else.’”
“If you count the leaners on both sides, that would be a virtual tie between Trump and an unnamed opponent.”