We still have the midterms to go through, but we already have to look to the 2020 presidential election — in part because the Democrats are doing so, and in part because the presidential cycle begins the moment the last election is over.
The biggest component in all of that, of course, involves opinion polls — specifically, how the president is doing.
And, in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the answer is actually pretty good — especially with his own party, which might rankle some in the establishment.
According to the survey, released over the weekend, the president’s approval numbers are holding steady with America even after a tumultuous week involving the Paul Manafort conviction and the Michael Cohen guilty plea.
The survey showed that Trump was at 44 percent approval overall even after a rough week.
Meanwhile, his numbers with Rasmussen Reports’ tracking poll showed him at 46 percent. That’s equivalent to Barack Obam at the same point in his presidency, who was stuck in the mid-40s even with overwhelming cheerleading in the media.
More importantly, however, Trump had over 90 percent support within his own party — an impressive figure, all things considered.
Trump spiked the football on this one, although he got the approval number a little bit wrong:
Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
However, considering how often he’s been scapegoated in the media, one would think he would be at at least 52 percent approval if the media coverage was even a little less biased against him.
From day one, we’ve been told that Donald Trump has been among our worst presidents — and this was before he even did anything.
There has been crisis after crisis. The media were talking impeachment before we were out of 90 days.
The economy kept growing and unemployment kept shrinking. Meanwhile, the media kept on focusing on everything but that.
First Michael Flynn. Then, James Comey. That was going to do it, right?
Not so much? Well, how about Stormy Daniels. Or her lawyer, Michael Avenatti. He’s funny, right? You like funny! So Trump’s going to get impeached.
Then it was Paul Manafort. Now it’s Michael Cohen. I get tired typing these names, simply because with every keystroke I relive the futile, feigned outrage it all ginned up. And for what?
The majority of America says they don’t approve of Donald Trump at the moment. But he’s still the president, and his party, meanwhile, stands behind him.
And that’s perhaps the biggest thing. The establishment has tried to get Trump at every turn. They’ve been Brutus and Cassius, showering love with the knife scarcely concealed. And where has that gotten them? Absolutely nowhere with their own people, it seems, who are still backing Trump.
Is that all he needs? All I have to say is this: The Democrats shouldn’t be feeling good about 2020.
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