A primary purpose of the liberal media’s incessantly negative reporting on President Donald Trump and his administration is an attempt to render him toxic and utterly unlikable among not just the American public at large, but his base of support in particular.
In theory, it would become vastly less controversial or difficult to impeach Trump and remove him from office or defeat him in the 2020 election if his popularity waned and his disapproval numbers rose to significant levels.
But despite the constant barrage of malicious media reports, unsubstantiated anonymous smears and daily displays of open animosity toward him and his supporters, Trump’s approval has held steady and is actually much higher than the media would have you believe.
In fact, Trump’s approval — at least according to Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll — shows that he actually enjoys a higher level of approval at this point in his presidency than his predecessor did, despite former President Barack Obama receiving sickeningly adoring and overwhelmingly positive coverage from an ideologically-aligned media.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, Trump had an approval rating of 47 percent with a disapproval rating of 51 percent.
Of those who approved of the president’s job thus far, 33 percent “strongly approve” of his performance, indicating a rather solid base of strong support, while 42 percent “strongly” disapproved.
In comparison, the Rasmussen archive of Obama’s daily approval ratings revealed that as of the exact same day in Obama’s first term — Sept. 11 of his second year in office, 2010 — Obama’s approval stood at 42 percent with a disapproval rating of 57 percent.
It should also be noted that of those who approved of Obama, only 27 percent “strongly” approved of his job performance. Meanwhile, 46 percent “strongly” disapproved of what Obama had been doing.
Consider for a moment the great disparity in media coverage of these two presidents, then compare how much stronger Trump’s base is than Obama’s was at the same time in his tenure, particularly in light of the fact that Obama proceeded to win re-election in 2012 with that base.
President Trump not only has better overall approval and disapproval numbers than Obama at the same time, he also enjoys a stronger base of support and fewer who strongly oppose him than Obama had.
Of course, in light of the upcoming midterm elections, some may point to the fact that Obama was utterly shellacked by Republicans in 2010, when the rising tea party movement lifted the GOP to control the House of Representatives, largely in response to actions taken by Obama and his fellow Democrats.
There is a legitimate concern that something similar could play out in 2018 — the much-heralded “blue wave” of fired-up anti-Trump voters — but the numbers and a comparison of actions to the same point by Obama and Trump may suggest that won’t necessarily be the case.
The electoral wave that rose against Obama was due to massive increases in federal spending, a massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government, the imposition of burdensome regulations and a Democrat takeover of the nation’s healthcare system, among other things, all while the economy remained stalled out some two years following the Great Recession of 2008.
In comparison, Trump has worked to cut federal spending where possible — he has admittedly increased it in some areas, like defense spending — a decrease in size and scope of government where possible, a rollback of burdensome regulations, a partial rollback of Obamacare, cuts to corporate and personal tax rates, creation of a business-friendly environment, an energy production boom and, of course, a rip-roaring economy that is benefiting virtually all Americans across the board.
Let us also not forget that Obama spent his first two years apologizing for America on the world stage while making foreign policy blunders, while Trump has unapologetically reasserted American greatness and dominance on the world stage and made foreign policy decisions that improve our strength and standing.
Despite what the liberal media may say to the contrary, a majority of Americans prefer a more conservative-leaning agenda for the country, and Trump is firing on all cylinders in that regard. Should he continue to press forward in implementing a conservative agenda, he should have little problem remaining popular enough to stave off impeachment and even win a second term in office.
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