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Polling and Campaign Report – 4/23/19

A new Morning Consult/Politico poll finds President Trump’s net approval rating reached the lowest point of his presidency in this tracking poll following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 39% of voters now approve of Trump’s job performance while 57% disapprove. However, just 34% say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, compared with 48% who say it shouldn’t.

“Two sources familiar with Biden’s preliminary plans said the former vice president will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., the site of a clash in August 2017 between white supremacists and counterprotesters that claimed one life,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“Biden then will fly to Pittsburgh for a rally in the afternoon and then come to Philadelphia, where he will hold a rally at the Art Museum, though the sources said the plans have been shifting in recent days and could change again.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign on Monday., Axios reports. Why? You challenged Pelosi and failed.

I don’t consider him, Tulsi Gabbard, Eric Swalwell, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Michael Bennett, Mike Gravel, Wayne Messam, Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, and Tim Ryan to be major candidates.

A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that 45% of people who’ve heard at least something about the Mueller report’s release say it does not entirely clear President Trump while 35% say it does and another 20% aren’t sure.

Meanwhile, 31% who’ve heard at least something about the report say the information contained shows Trump is unfit to be president, with 18% calling it damaging but not disqualifying, and 31% saying it reveals nothing damaging.

A new University of New Hampshire Poll finds Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic presidential field in New Hampshire with 30% support, followed by Joe Biden at 18% and Pete Buttigieg at 15%. No other candidate has more than 5% support.

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll of voters between 18 and 29 years old finds that 43% say they will likely vote in their party’s presidential primary or caucus. At this stage in 2015, just 36% said the same.

A new CBS News poll finds 62% of Americans think the environment will be worse for the next generation of Americans, up six points from a year ago.

“When asked to grade the U.S. on protecting the environment, few Americans give the U.S. high marks. Most give the country a ‘C’ at best, including 22% who give a failing grade of ‘F.’ Back in 2009, just 6% said the U.S. deserved an ‘F’ for the progress it had made in protecting the environment.”

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled a new plan on Monday that would offer free public college for future students while cancelling up to $50,000 in student debt for over 40 million Americans,” NBC Newsreports.

“Warren said her proposal was designed to confront a recent surge in student loans, now totaling $1.5 trillion nationally. She blamed insufficient funding in higher education in favor of lower taxes for the mounting student debt.”

New York Times: “Ms. Warren’s sweeping plan has several planks. She would pay for it with revenue generated by her proposed increase in taxes for America’s most wealthy families and corporations, which the campaign estimates to be $2.75 trillion over 10 years. In addition to eliminating undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, she would expand federal grants to help students with nontuition expenses and create a $50 billion fund to support historically black colleges and universities.”

Associated Press: “There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics.”

“Welcome to the campaign of Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Indiana mayor who has suddenly become one of the hottest names in the Democrats’ presidential primary season. Yet there is an increasing urgency, inside and outside of the campaign, that his moment may pass if he doesn’t take swift action to build a national organization capable of harnessing the energy he’ll need to sustain his surge in the nine months or so before the first votes are cast.”

Politico: “Deep-pocketed Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump in 2016 are going all in for him in 2020, throwing their weight behind a newly created fundraising drive that’s expected to dump tens of millions into his reelection coffers.”

“The effort involves scores of high-powered businessmen, lobbyists and former ambassadors who raised big money for George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney — and who are now preparing to tap their expansive networks for Trump after rebuffing his first presidential bid.”

New York Times: “As other candidates roll out the policies of left-wing dreams, Ms. Klobuchar has focused her early proposals on reliably bipartisan concerns like infrastructure and privacy protections for personal data.” “But as her rivals promise generational change, national unity and sweeping liberal platforms, Ms. Klobuchar’s big idea is far more prosaic: a win. … It’s an unusually explicit electoral appeal aimed squarely at the animating desire of Democratic primary voters: finding a candidate who can defeat Mr. Trump.”

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